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Stratford Girls' Grammar School Stratford-Upon-Avon


Course Type:


Exam Board:



A* or A in an Art and Design subject 
(GCSE Level)

About This Course

A-level Fine Art 

Component 1: Personal Investigation

The progression within your coursework, including a mock examination project and exam, will form the basis of your predicted grade in September 2017 and all work must be handed in for final assessment at the end of January 2018. There is also a separate written critical analysis entitled ‘Personal Study’. This is a 1000-3000 word piece of continuous prose worth 12% of the total qualification and is marked out of 18. This research project will be integrated into your practical investigations.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (ESA)

The examination paper is released on February 1st 2018 and accounts for 40% of your final mark. You will respond to a broad-based thematic starting point to encourage independence in developing ideas, intentions and response.

Aims of the course 

  • Students will develop visual language which communicates their ideas and personal philosophies. They will be able to place themselves within the context of contemporary art.

  • Students will be given one to one guidance throughout the course to help them to become confident artists who can judge the merits of their work and become increasingly independent in designing project content.

  • The new Edexcel specifications develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for students who want to progress to foundation courses or undergraduate degrees.

  • Art and Design students will develop critical thinking skills through exploring and preparing integrated contextual content.

What will I learn? 

  • The two year Edexcel GCE A-level in Fine Art qualifications will provide a solid foundation for your progression to Foundation Courses and HE degrees, whether in a creative field or not.


  • You will generate practical work, ideas and research from sources.
  • You will experiment with media, processes, develop and refine ideas, and present outcomes.
  • You will explore a variety of Art and Design techniques and develop an individual coursework portfolio. 
  • There will be a Gallery trip in the first term for all, and the possibility of a short residential European trip in Year 13.

Future Opportunities 

  • For careers in Art and Design, including Architecture, progression on to a Foundation Art course is generally recommended. In some cases, application directly to degree level is possible.