Art (Fine Art) AS/A Level


This is a practical Fine Art course giving students the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the visual world and to respond to it in a personal and creative way. Emphasis is placed on developing visual language skills through drawing, painting and printmaking and much of the work is based directly on observation. Our students have an excellent record in gaining places at Art College and university, potentially leading to a career within the creative industries. We also have many students who take the subject for their own interest as a balance to their more academic subjects.

A Level Fine Art is an extremely rewarding course, however students should be aware that many projects involve a high degree of practical input from home. It is therefore advised that students select a programme of study which contains a balance of exam-based and practical coursework subjects. 

What goes well with this course?

If students intend to apply to Art College they should combine AS/A Level Art (Fine Art) with Photography, Graphic Design or the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion).

Alternatively, if being studied for interest, it goes well with any other subject.


Many students go on to study at Art College or university and do courses including:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design, Illustration
  • Fashion Design, Theatre Design
  • 3D Design, Digital Animation
  • Architecture
  • Advertising and packaging
  • Web/social media design

Art College courses change constantly and cover a huge area. Advice is given on the current opportunities throughout the course.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of topics; students will learn how to:

  • Develop ideas to demonstrate analytical and critical understanding
  • Experiment with resources, media, techniques and processes while reviewing and refining ideas
  • Record ideas and insights and learn how to reflect on work and progress
  • Present a personal and meaningful final piece

Students are expected to make a financial contribution towards the cost of materials used throughout their course.


Educational Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips to galleries, outdoor drawing opportunities and talks by visiting speakers, including a variety of local designers and artists.


AS Level

Component 1 Personal Investigation 50%

Component 2 Externally set assignment 50% including a 10 hour practical exam

A Level

Component 1 Personal Investigation 60% including 12% Essay

Component 2 Externally set assignment 40% including a 12 hour practical exam

The exam board for Art AS/A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade C (new Grade 4) or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

 In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade B in Art (if taken)

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the AS/A Level in Art (Fine Art) information leaflet.

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