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Art & Photography – A Level

A Level

Special Entry Requirements

In addition to the A Level entry requirements, you will need a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Course Introduction

The emphasis of the course is on developing your own ideas and creativity with constant reference to contemporary art practice. It is a mainly practical course where you can choose to broaden skills in painting, sculpture, and/or textiles. The atmosphere in the art studios is alive with a diversity of ideas and methods of work. Many students gravitate towards the art studios in their own time to continue their work in a supportive, highly creative and very happy environment.

Preparing for A Level Art & Photography

We have created transition packs on the website to show you the kind of work you will be doing at level 3 and help you prepare for September.

Art & Photography transition pack 1

Art & Photography transition pack 2

Photography A Level transition and Summer Project 2020

If you have any questions about the course, please email admissions@s6f.org.uk

Course Modules

First Year 

Personal Creative Enquiry

Intended to introduce you to a range of different art processes and materials as well as giving you knowledge and skills that will allow you to develop your own individual creative working practices. Working from a given theme you will develop your recording and research skills whilst being introduced to a wide range of historical and contemporary artists.

Media experimentation across a range of specialist areas will allow you to identify and evaluate strengths in your own practical work. Towards the end of this first unit you will be given the opportunity to generate and develop your own ideas in response to the work of others and your understanding of the theme, before working towards a well-considered final piece or pieces. One lesson per week will be photography techniques and processes.

Second Year

Personal Investigation

The emphasis of the second year is on independent study to enrich your own personal work, integrating contextual studies with your personal practice. This can take many forms and is usually a very visual study including some larger pieces of work if it is appropriate.

Students are also encouraged to look at the work of the previous second year students and apply the same rigorous process of analysis as they would to a professional artist’s work.

Externally Set Assignment

The theme for the second unit is set by the exam board and takes the form of a given set of starting-points for you to choose from. You will be given the exam paper at the beginning of February and with your teacher’s support identify your own personal intentions in response to your interpretation of the theme.


All first and second year units are marked separately to give you an ‘overall’ grade. Work journals are marked alongside practical work regularly throughout the year. You will receive an Art and Design: Fine Art qualification upon successful completion of this course

Career Opportunities


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