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Examination board – Edexcel

If you enjoy Art and you wish to be a part of the unique atmosphere of the Art and Design Department at Post 16 then A Level Art and Design is for you.

Art allows you to express yourself creatively and to produce work based on your own strengths and interests. Throughout the course you will work from your chosen theme, experiment with a wide range of media, techniques and research the work of artists, thus identifying and developing your own style of working. You have the exciting opportunity to experience a life drawing course, which is not normally offered until university. There are no exams in Year 12, and you have a mock in the second half of the Autumn Term of Year 13.

At the end of the year we celebrate the students’ success with the Art A Level Exhibition; a fantastic event displaying the students’ final outcomes.

What will I study?

  • A range of traditional and modern recording processes.
  • Contextual studies and the work of influential artists both contemporary and historical.
  • Develop your use of visual language through fine art and craft techniques.
  • Use a range of media, techniques and processes to explore a self-selected brief.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Personal Investigation

  • Portfolio of work.
  • Personal study of a minimum of 1000 words.
  • Coursework
  • 60% of total A-level assessment
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Preparatory time plus a 15-hour timed examination.
  • 40% of total A-level assessment

Subjects that compliment Art, Craft and Design?

  • Photography
  • Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Textiles
  • Graphic Design

Find the Art A level specification here

Where could I study Art, Craft and Design? Best UK universities for art – league table | University guide | The Guardian

  • Exeter College
  • University of Plymouth
  • Falmouth
  • University College London
  • Goldsmiths (London)
  • University of Arts London
  • Trinity St. David (Wales)
  • The Glasgow School of Art
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Brighton

Where can Art, Craft and Design lead me?

The A Level Art course provides a route to further education, with students progressing to foundation, direct to BA degrees or apprenticeships. This could lead you to work, either freelance or employed, in a wide range of areas, such as: fine art, craft, media, advertising, design, architecture, fashion, and many more.


"Art has always been a favourite subject of mine and I can't see myself not doing it. I enjoy the atmosphere of the Art department and using my imagination to create my style of work.   I recommend Art to any students.  Art will be useful to me in later life."

"The art department is a great place to be in Post 16. The teachers look after you and are very supportive."