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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 OCR Art, Craft and Design. It may be taken alongside Photography, Textile Design, Graphic Communication and DT Product Design.

Course Content

In Year 1: Fine Art is experimental in approach and includes traditional and contemporary methods to expand your creative skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media and digital approaches. You will be encouraged to express your personal feelings and emotions through art and will take inspiration from others by studying the work of artists as well as responding to history and culture.

In Year 2: You will complete two units of work (as outlined below) which will be internally assessed and externally moderated and will form 100% of the final grade. Through studying Fine Art, you will have constructed a professional portfolio of work with experienced teaching staff that showcases key transferable skills such as problem solving and visual thinking to support your chosen career pathway.

The full A-level is divided into two units.

Unit One

Personal Investigation

60% of A-level

Unit Two

Externally Set Task

40% of A-level

In the first year, you will focus on learning and developing the skills required for the subject through a series of projects. You will have time and opportunities to explore the given themes through experimentation and exploration with a wide range of techniques and processes. You will then apply these skills in an increasingly independent way

In the second year you will complete two units of work (as outlined above) You will choose your own areas of study with advice and guidance from the Fine Art staff.  You will explore your theme, idea or issue fully and are encouraged to be experimental, innovative and enquiring in your approach. In addition, you are required to produce a related written study of 1,000 – 3,000 words. These two elements of the Personal investigation are marked internally using the OCR Assessment objectives and externally Moderated by the OCR awarding body.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

You are given a thorough grounding in core skills through experimentation in a wide variety of media. Students are supported through 1:1 tutorials, group critiques and peer group assessments. In year 2 you have focused studio time to explore your ideas, plan and create final outcomes. You are continually supported in making creative decisions through continual reflection and critical analysis. Opportunities to present & curate your artworks within an end of year public Creative Art Exhibition are one of the highlights of Year 2.

Students are expected to progress with studio work by completing a minimum of 4.5 hours of independent study outside of lessons each week.


The Advanced Level in Fine Art provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or to BA (Hons) at universities, as well as being a useful background to a career within the creative arts industry.


Trips and visiting speakers are organised throughout the year in order to inspire students and give them a broader understanding of Graphic Communication. These will come at a variable cost but we will always keep costs down wherever we can.

Studio kits

The studio kits for this subject are as follows:

Fine art year 1- £124.06

Fine art year 2- no kit

Financial assistance is available via the college Bursary Scheme.

How to order your studio kit