Examination Board & Code : EDEXCEL 9AD0/01/02, 9FA0/01/02
Length of Course : 2 Years to full A level

What is Art 'A' level about?

The students are taught to develop new and existing skills through research, experimentation and recording their observations and experiences, using a wide range of materials and resources, supported by off-site visits to a range of venues. Students are taught to reflect as they develop their ideas, which lead to the presentation of personal responses.

Is this course for me?

Students should have already completed an art-related course and be able to demonstrate a good level of artistic, literacy and analytical skills. All students are expected to complete practical work over the summer in preparation of the September term.

What else do I need to know?

The enrichment activities to museums and galleries, are designed to support the students’ development and form an integral part of the course. Destinations have included London, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

Commitment to self-study is a very important part of the course. There is a charge which contributes towards materials and sketchbooks.


What do students say?

‘The department makes a big thing about sketchbooks. I’m glad they did as it really gave me a head start at college’

‘I’ve really discovered my strengths in art. I think it’s been a good start to college life’

‘It’s a diverse course and we’ve learnt a lot. We’re encouraged to develop our skills through discovery’

‘I’m so proud of what I’ve done. It’s been challenging and hard work but you get so much out of it’

‘Basically, I’ve had my eyes opened!’

‘The trip to Barcelona was brilliant and helped with my exam – I really enjoyed Amsterdam. Our teachers were fun to be with'.

Where could it lead?

Successful completion of the course provides you with a wide range of practical and study skills which are applicable to the work place and colleges of further education. Most students pursue an Art Foundation course after the A level. Cambridge, Kingston, Central School St. Martins, Falmouth, Reading, Goldsmiths, WSCAD are amongst the students’ destinations. A Foundation course prepares students for a specialised degree course in such areas as Film, Animation, Interior Design, Graphics, Media, Photography, Theatre Design and Textiles/Fashion

How is this course structured?

Unit Content   Unit Assessment

Component 1: Personal Investigation

Incorporates 3 major elements: 

supporting studies

practical work

a researched, written personal study (min 1000 words) 

Students must work within one of the following titles:

Art, Craft and Design

Fine Art

In this coursework component the students will generate and develop ideas based on research using a range of media and processes to produce resolved outcomes. Starting points are provided by the Art Department

For all components the work must cover all four assessment objectives (AOs) Develop. Explore, Record and Present

60% of the total qualification (the personal study is worth 12% of the total qualification).

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (ESA)

The ESA incorporates 2 major elements:

Preparatory studies

15 hour period of sustained focus

Students must work within the same discipline (title) as Component 1

Every part of the submission is Internally assessed, externally moderated.

The 15 hour sustained focus will be held over multiple of consecutive sessions.

Students have from February until the examination (which is normally) in May to develop and create ideas and for preparatory work.

40% of the total qualification.