A Level Art


Subject Lead in Art: Mrs S Applegate BA (Hons), MA,  PGCE (Herts) Email: sapplegate@stedmundscollege.org

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Please find below a breakdown of the course. Further information can be found in the full specification, which is available on the AQA A Level Fine Art webpage. Assessment is completed at the end of Rhetoric I (Internal Assessment) and Rhetoric II (External). This means that students will complete the A level examination in the Summer term.

Component 1  – portfolio: Personal Investigation

– 60% of qualification

Portfolio of work : A Level—7202/C


  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of A Level

Non examination assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. Visits normally take place in June.

Component 2 – External Examination

A Level 15 hour examination – 40% of qualification

Response to an externally set assignment—A Level 7202/X


  • Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time (A Level)
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A Level

Non examination assessment (NEA) set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. Visits normally take place in June.

Assessment Objectives

Across each of these components, students will be assessed on the following 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.
  • A04: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.


Fine Art Framework

The course will introduce students to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art, craft and design, from the past and recent times, including European and non-European examples. Responses to these examples must be shown through both practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

A Level

Component 1

· Personal Investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students a required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation is identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation will be a coherent, in-depth study demonstrating the ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to final realisation. 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 words and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.


Component 2

· External Examination

Component 2 begins with a question paper issued in February with a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. One question is selected and preparatory work both critical and practical is completed. Following the preparatory period students complete 15 hours of supervised time in which they produce a finished or series of related finished outcomes. The preparatory work and final outcome(s) will both be assessed together as a whole, against all four assessment objectives. Students will also be assessed on their ability to work independently, working within the specified time constraints and developing a personal and meaningful response.


Areas of study

Drawing · Graphite, charcoal, oil pastels, soft pastels, life drawing
Painting · Oil, Acrylic, Watercolours
Mixed media · Including collage, assemblage, batique, wax
Sculpture · Wire, clay, including Installation art
Print · Relief, intaglio, screen processes, lino
Digital · Moving image, photography, photoshop
Ceramics · Handbuilding, slip casting,
Glass · Slumping, Kiln formed


A Level Art Students: Tips For Success:

  • Organisation skills: remember to plan your practical experiments and include drying time if needed. Always remember to take photographs of work in progress and write notes for your reflection as you go along. Remember who your audience is.
  • Visit exhibitions/galleries: immersing yourself in art at every available opportunity will inform your classwork. Take notes, photograph work and write down what you think of the work. Also watch the television there are some excellent art programmes.
  • Courses: Take every opportunity to attend any courses you can find out of school. Mixing with new people and trying new media and techniques will boost your portfolios.
  • Independent thinking: Be original, we all use artists/craftspeople/designers/peers for inspiration, it has happened for centuries, but don’t copy them, be yourself, be creative and experiment.