Sixth Form Course Information

Art and Photography

Course Details

Awarding Body: Edexcel
Staff Contacts: Miss S. Mackie (

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Key features of the course

A level Art allows you to develop an exciting and extensive range of creative and technical skills. You will also gain a strong understanding of historic and contemporary visual art practice, through supporting contextual studies. Unique to studying Art at A Level, you build up a very personal and continually evolving body of practical work, guided and supported by your teachers. Individual exploration and development of your personal skills and creative directions is a special aspect of this subject.

A level Art prepares you to produce two major pieces of assessed work. The first is a Personal Investigation, which allows you to devise and put together a personal body of creative coursework, including extensive practical work, a 3,000 word illustrated essay and a fully developed and resolved Final Piece Project. You do this without time limits, during the course.

The second practical component is called the externally set Timed Test. On the 1st of February in your final year, the exam board publishes its Timed Test Paper which suggests a theme and possible starting points for you to work on. For the next three months you work extensively on your chosen theme, and you then sit a Timed Test, where you have a total of 15 hours under exam conditions to create and complete a personal, creative Final Piece.

Under the collective title of 'Art & Design', the exam boards offer a variety of Art A level specifications, each with a different emphasis. The one on offer here are Fine Art and Photography. Whichever Art A level you take, the pattern of work and assessment is the same. The exam boards have four Key Assessment Objectives that recognise the range of creative and practical skills students develop and refine throughout the CourseDistinctively exploit optimal alignments for intuitive bandwidth. Quickly coordinate e-business applications through revolutionary catalysts for change. Seamlessly underwhelm optimal testing procedures whereas bricks-and-clicks processes.

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Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 including Art and Design or Photography and English Language.
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What could this course
lead on to?

Successful A level Art students can go on to study on a range of Art & Design foundation and degree courses, nationally and internationally, and train in their area of specialisation such as:
Graphic design , Fashion styling , Art and design , Printmaking , Media , Performing arts , Photography or Fine art
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Future prospects
and careers

Animator , Architect , Arts administrator , Beauty therapist , Cabinet maker
Computer-aided design technician , Costume designer , Fine artist , Florist or
Garden designer
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What type of student is this
course suitable for?

This course is suitable for those that enjoy the combination of practical, technical, creative, and contextual demands involved in such a practical, coursework-laden subject.


It is important to understand the assessment structure of the course. What percent are the units ? Are they internally or externally assessed ? Are they exams or coursework?
Component 1
  • Personal Investigation
  • 60% of the overall grade
Component 2
  • The externally set Timed Test
  • 40% of the overall grade
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