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Fine Art A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


Explore a range of art, media, processes and techniques. Traditional methods are studied as well as new media. The use of drawing for different purposes is explored, using different methods.  

Work in one or more areas of fine art such as drawing and painting, mixed media (collage), printmaking and photography, installation/site specific or video. Use of relevant sources relating to a range of historical and contemporary art, including European and non-European examples. 

Selected students are entered to a range of national art competitions for experience of exhibiting their work. 

Course Objectives: 

  • Develop ideas from research into art of the past and present 
  • Demonstrate research understanding through work produced and written notes 
  • Explore a wide range of materials, techniques and processes 
  • Refine ideas and show improvement during the development process 
  • Record ideas, planning and intentions 
  • Critically reflect on the work and the progress 
  • Present a cohesive body of work showcasing skills and connections to research and development.

Course Outcomes: 

  • Present a sketchbook of research and development work that includes experimentation into media, techniques and processes 
  • Research appropriate artists and art movements 
  • Show how the work of other artists influenced final pieces 
  • Show evidence of learning through improvements in work produced and execute well planned outcomes.

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSEs at grades A*-C 
  • To include GCSE Mathematics, English Language and an art based subject (or a portfolio of work).


  • Continual assessment (informal and formal) by means of class discussions and set tasks
  • Formal assessments at the end of each unit
  • Exam Board set topic in Unit 3 (A2) with a 15 hour final piece development and 1000 – 3000 words illustrated essay on a student selected theme. 

Grading Criteria: 

  • AS Unit 1: 40% 
  • A2 Unit 2: 36% 
  • A2 Unit 3: 44% 

  • Staying with the college, you could progress on to the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Llwyn y Bryn
  • Direct entry to a wide range of art and design degree courses.

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