Fine Art has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.
  • GCSE Art at grade 4 is desirable but NOT essential, or portfolio of work to be provided



Exam board: OCR

100%100% of students got a place on the degree or foundation course of their choice.

The specification studied is the OCR Fine Art. It can also be taken alongside Photography, Textile Design or Graphic Communication.

You will study a core curriculum covering; drawing, mixed media and painting, skills and theory: line, tone, texture, colour etc., working from primary sources. You then have the opportunity to study sculpture, painting or printmaking as appropriate.

During the second year you will have the opportunity to focus in one or more of these areas.


A number of visits are made throughout the year to both local and national galleries and exhibitions, including drawing field trips. In addition, Life Drawing is organised at various points throughout the 2 years of study, practicing artists’ workshops, past students and local colleges also give talks throughout the year.



 A-level Study

Over the course of the first year you will develop the study skills required of an A-level student of Fine Art.

You will be taken on a journey of exploration and skills development with regular assessments via group crits, 1-1 reviews and assessment of your research.

The year culminates in a mock exam (whereby you will be provided with a brief and expected to prepare for a ten hour exam) providing you with excellent practice ahead of your second year.

In the second year, you will hone in on particular areas of strength and interest and this will largely dictate your personal investigation (a significant piece of work that will be worked on from September-January).

In February, the assessment focus moves to the Externally Set Task and you are provided with a period of time to prepare, culminating in a fifteen hour focused session at the end of the year. 

Unit One

Personal Investigation

60% of full A level

Unit Two

Externally Set Task

40% of full A level

Meet the Creative Arts teachers and students

Methods of Teaching and Learning

In your first year you will be given a thorough grounding in core skills through experimentation in a wide variety of media, 1-1 tutorials, group critiques and peer group assessments. As with Year 1, our Year 2, also gain from experience of a public exhibition of their work. We work with you closely to facilitate a more independent and focus body of work.

You are encouraged to do first hand research and a number of trips are organised. You are expected to progress with studio work by completing a minimum of 4.5 hours of independent study outside of lessons each week.


The cost of all trips and visits will be the responsibility of all students. In Year 1 a studio fee is required of £20 which contributes towards essential studio materials and resources. We would recommend students to purchase comprehensive art kit through abacus which currently costs £131.10 Financial assistance is available via the college Bursary Scheme

Year 1 Studio Kit details

Year 2 Studio Kit details

How to order your Studio Kit

Creative Arts Students Discuss the Annual Art Exhibition