A Level

Why choose Art?

This subject is essential for students wishing to continue their studies in Art and Design related courses at university including Fine Art, Sculpture, Illustration, Architecture, Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, 3D Computer Generated Imagery, Computer Modeling and Animation, Automotive and Transport Design, Fashion Design, Theatre and Costume Design, Special Effects Makeup Design, Interior Design, Art Education and many more.

Alternatively students may choose to study Art because they love the subject, are good at it and want to keep creative thinking as part of their future development. The study of Art can complement other chosen subjects in a positive way and give students a better appreciation of the world around them. It can make them more socially and emotionally aware which in turn will make them a better colleague, manager or boss. The level of creative autonomy within the course will enable students to express their ideas effectively and develop new methods of problem solving. It will also improve their organisation and independent study skills as well as many other transferable skills that are useful in a whole range of careers.

The A Level Fine Art Course:

The A Level course is a two year course which allows our students appropriate time to develop into mature and creative individuals who have the confidence to express themselves. Part of that confidence comes from being able to use media in a skilful and accomplished manner and we make no apologies for putting particular emphasis on traditional skills. Time and again our students return from university interviews smiling, having been complimented on the quality of their portfolio and then offered a place on their chosen degree.

Students will undertake experimentation in a range of media as well as contextual studies including:

  • Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and mixed media
  • Life drawing every week
  • Guidance on composition, medium, and the most appropriate scale for their work
  • Contextual research and analysis and how to analyse artworks using formal language to express their views and opinions
  • Professional visiting artist workshops
  • Exhibition visits

The course is assessed through two units of work:

  • The Personal Investigation, including a related study, which is 60% of the overall mark.
  • The Externally Set Task, a 10-12 week project including a fifteen hour final exam, which is 40% of the overall mark.

Why choose Photography?

This subject is essential for students wishing to apply for courses in Photography or related courses involving digital media and manipulation at university including Professional Photography, Commercial Photography, Fashion Photography, Brand Photography, Video Art, Visual Communication, Film and Television Production, Digital Media, Games Design, Fine Art, Photography Education and many more.

Alternatively students may choose Photography as a complete change to their other science or essay based subjects. It's worth remembering that the study of Photography can complement the other chosen subjects in a positive way and give students a better appreciation of the world around us. The level of creative autonomy within the course will enable students to express their ideas effectively and develop new methods of problem solving. It will also improve their organisation and independent study skills as well as many other transferable skills that are useful in a whole range of careers.

 The A Level Photography course:

The A Level course is a two year linear course which allows our students appropriate time to develop into mature and creative individuals who have the confidence to express themselves. Part of that confidence comes from being able to use a camera in a skilful and accomplished manner and we put particular emphasis on traditional photography skills in the studio and on location. Our students are able to develop strong portfolios and are very successful in gaining places at university on their chosen degree courses.

Students will experience the following range of media and techniques to develop their skills:

  • Technical instruction on how to use a DSLR camera
  • Guidance on composition, exposure, depth of field etc.
  • Studio and location practice
  • Experimental techniques such as Cyanotypes and Photographic Screen Printing where appropriate.
  • Contextual research and analysis and how to analyse photographs using formal language to express their views and opinions
  • Instruction on the use of Photoshop and digital manipulation
  • Exhibition visits

The course is assessed through two units of work: 

  • The Personal Investigation, including a related study, which is 60% of the overall mark.
  • The Externally Set Task, a 10-12 week project including a fifteen hour final exam, which is 40% of the overall mark.