Head of Department: Miss L Amato:



There is synoptic assessment in both components of the A-level that provide stretch and challenge opportunities for students as follows:

In Component 1, students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.

In Component 2, students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.


Assessment objectives:

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS and A-level Art and Design specifications and all exam boards.

The assessments will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
  • AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.


Fine Art:

Introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. 

Become aware of traditional and new media.

Explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. 

Use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Explore relevant images, artifacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. They should be aware of the importance of process as well as product.


Areas of study: 

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• drawing and painting 

• mixed-media, including collage and assemblage

• sculpture

• ceramics

• installation 

• printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)

• moving image and photography.


Skills and techniques:

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills, as defined in Overarching knowledge, understanding and skills, in the context of their chosen area(s) of Fine art. In addition, students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

• appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination

• awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of Fine art

• understanding of the conventions of figurative/representational and abstract/non-representational imagery or genres

• appreciation of different ways of working, such as, using underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto; modelling, carving, casting, constructing, assembling and welding; etching, engraving, drypoint, mono printing, lino printing, screen printing, photo silkscreen and lithography

• understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure

• appreciation of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form.


Knowledge and understanding:

Students must show knowledge and understanding of:

• how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts in the chosen area(s) of study within Fine art

• historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres 

• how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created

• continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Fine art

• a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Fine art.


Additional Information:

 - Highly desirable to have achieved a grade B or above at GCSE 

 - There will be an expected contribution towards specialist materials within the course costs


More information about the course can be found on the AQA website by clicking here: