Embarking on a qualification in art gives each student the opportunity to explore their own creativity whilst developing both creative and technical skills and techniques. We can offer students their own time and space to hone in on their skills, allowing their artistic journey to flow smoothly through both Year 12 and Year 13 as well as using a range of different materials and equipment to make study both fun and informative.

An A level in art will aid those looking for future careers within the field to develop and nurture their techniques allowing vital progression. For those students who are undecided on future plans but hold an interest in the subject, choosing art at this level will allow them to explore their options and gain more insight into various aspects of the subject. 


A level art 

Awarding body 


Entry requirements 

Pass in English and maths, 5 or more grades at 5+ (this can include English and maths), grade 6 or higher in art. 

Year 12 

An introduction into alternative approaches to drawing and critical studies will help students to develop their investigative, analytical, experimental, practical and intuitive capabilities across a broad range of media. An introduction into personal investigation will allow independence in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas and personal outcomes. 

Year 13 

Understanding how research informs practise will allow students to prepare for final assessments alongside learning about the development of the creative process and sustaining an investigation with the purpose to resolve a line of enquiry. 


In Year 13 students will be assessed by: 

Component 1 - Personal Investigation, including a written element (60% of final grade) that demonstrates their ability to construct a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. 

Component 2 – Externally set assignment which will involve a preparatory period beginning 1 February when students will be provided with an examination paper for each title consisting of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one which will go on to be developed during the preparatory time at the end of which students will be expected to complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised examination time; the first 3 hours of which must be consecutive (40% of final grade). In the 15 hours, students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by the preparatory work.   

It’s amazing when you have one of those ‘wow’ moments when you’re experimenting. Suddenly everything falls into place. We love having our own space to work in, it makes a huge difference to how we keep our creative journey going.
Year 13 student