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Art & Design

How many hours per week?

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to spend a minimum 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.

Entry Requirements

Min 6 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)
4.7 = GCSE Average

5 in Art

A strong portfolio and/or interview should be prepared.


Dedication to developing visual ideas based on observations of the world around you.


Grade 5 in English preferred due to the written content of this course.

You are prepared to work in a range of creative processes. For example, drawing using different mediums (pencil, pen, digital), using colour (paint, pencils, ink, markers, digital rendering), texture (collage, mixed media, textiles).

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Course Overview

This is a Fine Art based specification that would appeal to students who have a passion for being creative but may not yet be certain of what direction they wish to take in the future. Aside from gaining an A Level qualification, the course aims to identify each individual’s personal creative strengths and develop potential avenues for developing those strengths into a future pathway.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who specialise in Art & Design and have experience in industry
  • Studio space to fulfill independent practice
  • Guest Artists who work within the creative industry
  • Visiting lecturers and students from Universities
  • Enrichment activities are organised in the form of trips and visits to destinations such as Oxford, Manchester, London, Prague, and New York
  • Having support from students who have successfully achieved their A Level and are now on the Art Foundation course
  • Developing work to be exhibited in the end-of-year public exhibition
  • Opportunities to enter Competitions and take on Live Briefs
  • Actively involved in Exhibiting and setting up for the end of year Art Show

What will I learn?

During the two year course you will study:

  • Fine Art through a variety of approaches i.e. Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Sculpture, Installation, Photography, Film and Mixed media.
  • How to develop observational studies through creative making
  • Key elements of Art & Design such as: Line, Colour, Tone, Composition
  • Methods of successfully recording ideas, observations and insights through Fine Art
  • Experimental Photography and digital Art
  • Creative workshops such as printing, painting, collage, mixed media and textiles
  • Art appreciation in public settings
  • Analytical writing
  • Presenting ideas to the public & exhibiting to an audience
  • Refining & finalising work of quality working towards deadlines
  • Life drawing skills

What will I be taught?

This course is taught through a series of group workshops, interactive experiences and 1-2-1 tutorials. All students will have the opportunity to develop their individual approach and creative journey as they discover a line of enquiry. Students make use of materials on Teams, Pinterest and Blogs to build on their contextual research and investigation.

Studio based and external learning activities will include:

  • Teacher & student led practical
  • Individual & group research tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Using blogs, PowerPoint & Teams
  • Group critiques and feedback
  • Student led sessions
  • Working to a project brief

Where will this course take me?

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses such as Architecture, Fashion, Illustration, Fine Art, Animation, Art Therapy, Theatre and Stage design.

Former students of this college have gone on to study courses ranging from Design at Goldsmiths in London, Games Art at UCA in Farnham and Fine Art at Coventry.

How will I be assessed?

60% Coursework. This is in the form of a Personal Investigation to be completed by the end of January in the second year

40% Exam in the form of a Controlled Assignment. Starting points will be provided externally and responded to over a period of approximately 9 weeks completing around Easter in the second year

Staff Contact Details

David Bird

Abbie Milnes