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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

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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.



Course Content

The specification studied is OCR Fine Art. It may be taken alongside Photography, Textile Design, Graphic Communication and DT Product Design.

Year 1

All students study a core curriculum covering; drawing, print, mixed-media and painting. The skills and theory covered are: line, tone, texture, colour etc. and working from primary sources to create dynamic and innovative coursework exploring, drawing, painting, print, sculpture, installation, film and photographic work. You also research and respond to artists work through practical and written work. This includes trips to exhibitions, external visitors and artist’s workshops. You then have the opportunity to progress your work to your strengths and interests to develop in Year 2, having created an end of year portfolio of work. 

Year 2

All students build on their strengths, knowledge and experience from Year 1; focusing on Unit 1: Personal Investigation/coursework studies culminating in a successful and refined final piece/s for completion in January, these could be large drawings, paintings, installation or film projections or digital media. From February students start research for Unit 2: Externally Set Task (exam paper) for completion in June. This could again take an equally ambitious final outcome as large drawings, paintings, installation or film projections or digital media.

The full A-level is divided into two units:

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.

Students 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.

Creative Arts Students Discuss the Annual Art Exhibition


The full 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.


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.

Additional Costs

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.

How to order your Studio Kit

Year 1 Studio Kit Details

Year 2 Studio Kit Details