Fine Art A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC24
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Fine Art A Level encourages exploration of different materials, processes and techniques.


The start of the course is workshop based, teaching a range of Fine Art Skills including drawing, painting, a range of printmaking, photography (digital and dark room) and sculpture. After this introductory workshop period, students are encouraged to develop their own specialism, explore their own concepts and ideas free of external constraints whilst continuing to develop and explore their artistic abilities.

Students are encouraged to base their work around their own individual identity, incorporating cultural influences or personal experiences and interests. Although most of the assessed work is practical, and sketchbook based, there is a separately assessed written essay. This encourages students to explore the work of other artists who inspire them and look at their work in a wider context.

Study Visits

First Year: Day visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (October) and local Life Drawing workshops (May/June).

Second Year: Day trip to Manchester (February).

How will it be delivered?

The course consists of two components:

Component One (60%) is coursework and will start in September and continue for approximately 4 terms.

Component two (40%) is the exam unit which includes a timed test.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 GCSE Art or related qualification. (Grade 6 if taken in combination with another Art based course.)

If you're not studied Art you will need to submit a portfolio.  Please contact the department or see the website for details. 

Your next steps...

This course could lead onto higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior Designer, Artist, Illustrator or fashion designer.

If you want to pursue a career in Architecture you will need also Maths and Physics along with an Art based A level.

Most of our students progress onto a broad range of Art Degrees at University. These range from Fine Art to Architecture, including Textiles, Interior and Fashion Design, Illustration, 3D Design, Graphic Design, Film and Animation.