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Why Art?

This course enables you to develop your analytical skills and further your understanding of visual language through the study of contemporary and historical practice.

You will develop your knowledge of a range of materials, techniques and processes in a personal and creative way. You will have the opportunity to explore traditional and experimental media including painting, sculpture, printmaking and digital processes including photography and film making.

What do I need to know?

Exam board: We study OCR Art.

Entry Requirements: You should aim to meet the standard Sixth Form requirements and also have a grade 5 or above in an Art-related subject at GCSE.

What is the work like?

As an example of the kind of work that you will cover during the A-Level course, please find to the right the pre-A-Level material that we asked Year 11 to complete before starting their Art course with us in September 2020.

Art Phase 1Art Phase 2Art Phase 3

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Miss Hurst-Levy will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. You are welcome to email her on

To ask an Art student more about the course, please email and they will be happy to help you.


Additional Costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

 Access to studios and basic art materials and paper

Other costs:  To be met by students

Students will need to bear in mind the overall cost of printing and materials throughout the course as work should be appropriately presented for assessment.

Opportunity to purchase an art pack approx. £40

Optional Paris trip approx. £450


Component 1: Personal Investigation (120 marks, 60% of total A-Level)

Candidates should produce two elements:

  • A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to a thematic idea or starting point set by the centre or the candidate.
  • An Illustrated Contextual Study; a related study of continuous prose with a guided minimum of 1000 words.

This component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2: Externally set task (80 marks, 40% of total A-Level)

Candidates select one starting point from an early release paper. This will be issued on 1st February and candidates will choose from a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.

Candidates will have up to 15 hours supervised time in which to independently realise their response(s).

This component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The course is supported by visits to galleries and visits from practitioners to enhance your understanding of historical and contemporary practice. The art studios are also regularly used at lunchtimes and after school for workshops and personal study sessions.