Art and Design : Fine Art (Y Pant)

Level:  AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board: WJEC

Location: Y Pant School

Requirements / skills for entry onto the course

Ideally students will have followed the GCSE Art & Design course and gained at least a grade ‘B’. Students are accepted onto the course with a lower grade or who haven’t previously studied Art at GCSE level if they demonstrate the commitment to and a love of the subject and feel motivated to develop their visual skills through the project work. This is on condition that the first term is a probationary period and progress will be carefully monitored.

The course is demanding and requires a high level of commitment, motivation and self-discipline. This is particularly important when researching in Art Galleries, Museums, libraries and completing independent study. A sixth form studio space has been created in the Art Department enabling students to work purposefully during study periods. Students who show initiative and are well motivated will develop self-confidence and increase their personal development on the course.

Brief outline of the course and method of assessment

The full A Level qualification is made up of AS and A2 level.  AS Level is followed in Year 12, students complete one unit of work:

AS LEVEL Unit 1 Personal Creative EnquiryNon- exam Assessment

40% of full A Level qualification

Internally set, assessed and externally moderated.

An Extended exploratory project based on the Expressive nature of Art & Design. Students will produce research and development leading to an outcome(s) which will be based on themes and subject matter which are meaningful and personal to them. Work submitted for assessment will show reference to contemporary and historical Art practice as well as coverage of the Assessment Objectives.

At the end of Year 12, most students will go on to complete the full A Level award during Year 13 however the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.

The A Level qualification consists of the AS Unit 1 plus two additional units.

A2 LEVELUnit 2 >Personal InvestigationNon- exam Assessment

36% of full A Level qualification

Internally set, assessed and externally moderated.

Consists of two integrated constituent parts: 

1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.


2. An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology.


Both the practical/theoretical work and the written element will be assessed together using the assessment objectives.  The theme chosen for study will be chosen by students with guidance from staff. Areas of interest identified in Unit 1 usually inform Unit 2 although this can differ with students’ interests.

A2 LEVELUnit 3 Externally Set Assignment24% of full A Level qualification

Externally set, Internally assessed and externally moderated

Consists of two parts: 

1: Preparatory study period

The Externally Set Assignment (Exam paper) is released to students from February in the A2 year and will consist of a series of visual and written stimuli. One of the stimuli is to be selected by students and used as a starting point from which to elicit a personal response. Responses are developed during the preparatory study period.  They should take the form of critical, practical and theoretical preparatory work/supporting studies which inform the resolution of ideas in the 15 hours sustained focus (Exam).


2: Sustained focus work (15 hour Exam)

The resolution of students’ ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 15 hours and they must show how their planning relates to the outcome/s. The 15 hour period must be completed under supervised conditions.

Both the preparatory work and sustained focus work will be assessed together, using the assessment objectives.


The course is divided into a total of 3 units, composed of 1 AS unit and 2 A2 units.

The A Level Art course is intended for students who wish to pursue, extend and develop their studies of Art to a greater depth than that required at GCSE level.  The Specification encourages creativity, sustained investigation and analysis, experimentation, design and making as a means of developing technical and expressive skills. It gives learners the opportunity to follow a program of study which extends experience and personal response as well as developing imagination and critical and reflective thinking.

Students will be encouraged to take risks in their work through investigation of ideas and the exploration and experimentation of materials, techniques and processes.  They will also be required to study, in depth, the work of other practitioners (past and present) to inform their own practice.

Career opportunities

For students wishing to pursue their studies in Art and Design, students may go straight to degree level study although the recommended next step is an Art Foundation year. Progress to this college based course is on the evidence of a sound portfolio of work at interview. Interviews for the Foundation course take place after Christmas in Year 13. Following the foundation year, students can then choose to study at degree level one of the many exciting and rewarding fields of Art and Design, e.g.: Fine Art, 3D Design, Fashion Design, Textile / Interior Design, Graphics, Illustration, Ceramics, Metalwork or glass forming, Film, Animation, etc. The choice is varied and students should consult their teacher for further information.

The AS / A Level course in Art and Design is stimulating and rewarding in its own right, whether or not the student is specifically aiming at a career in this field. It is a recognised qualification for entry into Higher Education.

Staff to consult for further information:

Mrs Gold, Mrs Nowell-Hughes, Mrs Harris.

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