Fine Art

“I chose Art A level at the Purbeck School because of how much I enjoyed it at GCSE. The teaching methods are brilliant; I feel challenged, but I have also found my style developing as I have opportunities to try new things”

(A previous AS level Fine Art student)

Fine Art is an exciting course which helps students to develop the skills required to express and communicate their ideas about the world around them. Fine Art offers a breadth of study that makes it a challenging course for motivated and creative individuals and opens the door to a wealth of career opportunities in the visual arts.

The course encourages ambitious individual practice. The exploration of a diverse range of primary and contextual sources supports the development of ideas and broadens subject knowledge and understanding. Students are encouraged to discover their strengths and interests through drawing, painting, sculpture and digital media to become confident practitioners.

Summary of course content

Year 12 content – The Advanced Subsidiary GCE consists of Units 1 and 2

Unit 1 –Students develop personal responses which explore not only practical artistic skills but also the study of art and design in its various contexts, reflecting on their own work and that of other artists.

Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment Students develop preparation work over several weeks. At the end of this time they sit an eight hour practical examination.

Year 13 content – The A Level GCE consists of Units 3 and 4

Unit 3 – This is a personal study which will include both practical work and a dissertation; the two elements should be seen as connecting and supporting each other. Students will build upon their prior knowledge and experiences in Y12 to develop a personal focus from which they will demonstrate the ability to resolve ideas into a creative visual outcome. Students will develop their dissertation in the light of their chosen focus for the practical work (1000-3000 words).

Unit 4 – Externally Set Assignment Students develop preparation work over several weeks. At the end of this time they sit a twelve hour practical examination.


60% of marks come from centre assessed coursework; 40% of marks come from the externally set assignment. Work is moderated at the centre both internally and externally.

Career Progression

Many of our students progress onto a Foundation Diploma course in Art and Design and then specialist degree courses. Foundation gives students a broader understanding of the wide variety of specialisms available at degree level. The department has forged strong links with the Arts University College at Bournemouth. Interviews for the Diploma in Foundation Studies are held in school each year with a high success rate for students.

Entry requirements

Students need to be eligible to follow the route A Pathway and in addition will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in Art and Design (or in a similar or supporting course) at GCSE.

For further advice contact: Mrs R Richardson




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