Fine Art

Exam board : Edexcel

Curriculum Content and Assessment  : 60% Coursework &  40% Exam

Component 1 : Coursework Unit  60%  :  September year 1 – December year 2

You will complete a Personal Investigation on a theme incorporating three major elements contained in a Sketchbook and large folder comprising of ;

  • Supporting studies – Developmental work, experiments and observations resulting in  generating ideas for practical work, outcomes and personal study
  • Practical work – Development work and final outcomes (Preparatory , Mid and Final outcomes on paper ,canvas, board,  textiles , mount board presentations, Photographic or 3D pieces of work )
  • Personal study – (minimum 1000 words). To be presented and submitted as A3 size boards or a printed book as an illustrated essay relating to an area of your interest within historical, cotemporary, cultural or issue based contexts. You practical work and development will be linked and will provide practical context and personalisation to the essay.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)  Jan–May of year 2 + 15hr sustained focus-controlled  test (Practical Exam) This is made up from  work in Sketchbooks and folders fulfilling the assessment objectives and comprises of ;

  • Supporting studies :  Developmental work,  outcomes generating ideas for practical work and personal study ( Sketchbook and large work folder based)
  • Practical work : Development work and final outcomes (Preparatory , Mid outcomes on paper ,canvas, board,  textiles , mount board presentations, Photographic or 3D pieces of work and final pieces)
  • 15 hour exam – Period of Sustained focus over 3-4 days in May. (Final outcome )

How it will be taught

A Level Fine Art is a bridge to further education in the creative sector. The course is structured in a similar way to the GCSE course allowing students to consistently build their skills in a range of areas. Students will initially be expected to explore a range of processes before commencing research into their chosen theme. You will learn to combine multi-media processes, and learn specialist traditional techniques of oil-based canvas painting, acrylic painting , mono, block printing etching and silk screen, modelling / sculpting in 2D or 3D , ceramics and mixed media sculpture, drawing and drafting visual outcomes as well as using photography, digital programs , other light based media (including video) and of course mixed media!

 You will develop skills of critical analysis and interpretation of your own and others’ work, researching and contextualising art. This will develop confidence in your oral communication skills relating to concepts in art, broadening your artistic vocabulary and developing an ability to use a wide range of specialist terms in context.

Sketchbooks are used to document the development of your ideas throughout each assignment and should contain your initial research, visual studies, design development and experimentation, along with your final designs and evaluation. It is expected that you annotate your ideas and reflect on your development as the assignment progresses.

In preparation for University or placements within the arts, students will be self-motivated, inquisitive and critical of their work and that of others. Subject staff  alongside the students strengths and interests will guide them to  refine, stretch and challenge their skills and perspectives. They will gain experience of working with a range of materials. Students will then focus to refine their skills and deepen their understanding of the creative processes desired by many industries. In turn, students will build their transferable skills, creative thinking and ability to independently build a portfolio to be proud of but more importantly to open doors for future opportunities .

Assessment: 80% Exam (2 x 40%), 20% Coursework.

Specific entry requirements:  Students Wishing to take a Fine Art Route would be required to have grade 5 or above in GCSE Fine Art, or unendorsed art and design (or related subject) Students who have not taken GCSE  but who may have a strong portfolio and evidence of work may be considered at the course leaders discretion.

Future opportunities:

With one in twelve jobs in the UK in the creative industries, 2.62 million employed  in the creative industries  including  25,000  people within 10 miles of FP2. Since 2011, the UK creative industries workforce has added almost half a million jobs – an increase of approximately 28% ( that’s  2.28 % growth year on year )  This makes it the fastest growing in employment of all the sectors! Creative industries are driving economic growth across the UK, on track to create one million new creative industries jobs between 2013 and 2030!  So why wouldn’t you want to be a part of it?! This could be the creative course for you!

After successfully completing A Level Fine Art students either can apply straight to University for a Degree course or may opt to apply for  a foundation course, where  in 12 months they can hone and decide their specialism before their degree. (This is a fully funded year)  You can also take art  even if you are looking for a different career , many other degree courses and employment sectors really appreciate the creativity, out of the box thinking, and fine motor skills that the Arts  courses bring, including the Royal College of Surgeons who recommends taking art to future surgeons! As well as many other Marketing companies in all fields. Creative degrees can lead to any one of the 2.62 million creative jobs in the U.K. This is a fast growing industry and British art students and designers are world leaders. Many of my past students have gone on to have successful careers.  Some careers students might consider include: 

Architecture , Art Therapy,  Artist,  Games design, App designer, Concept artist ,  Advertising, Web design, Sculptor, Fashion Design, Textile design,  Homeware design, Interior design,  Motor industry Design,  Theatre and TV set design, Jewellery Making, Ceramics, Fashion Photography, Commercial Photography, Wedding and portrait photography, Advertising and Marketing, Sports Photographer, Events Photographer, Tattooist, Gallery, Procurer, Community &  Installation work, Community Work, Curator, Carpentry , Artisan , Cake / sugar craft,  Workshop leader, Primary Teacher, Secondary teacher, College / HE Tutor. Film, set, animation, V-logging , Florist, Wedding dress alterations and design. Visual Merchandise, Window design in Business, Working with the Aged / Disabled /Children /Play schemes.


Course Information :

Visit the EDEXCEL website – Art and Design new GCE A – Level specs first teaching from 2015.
See Art subjects – go to the Fine Art pages –
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