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Sixth Form


Course Title:  Art A level



Exam Board: Eduqas



What is it all about?

The world is a visual environment- from designs for book covers, to internet freelance illustration and growing digital demand for imagery, art is everywhere.

This subject connects all of the other subjects that you could study and personalises it so that you can research, experiment and learn in a playful way. It is the only subject that allows you to co-create your pathway. The worlds of art history open up other worlds into peoples lives from today and the past. This subject makes you feel better, is better for your eyesight and makes you a more rounded human being.

Studying Fine art A level allows you to investigate your own interests within a theme using any and all of the possible disciplines- from drawing, painting and collage, to conceptual art, printmaking, photography, sculptural and digital responses. You gain inspiration from researching the techniques and ideas of artists and develop your own responses using a range of art skills. The chance to study a subject where you are able to make your own choices will develop your creative thinking and can feel incredibly worthwhile and satisfying.


Want to know more?

How will I be assessed?

  • Coursework 60%- A chosen theme by the student evidenced through sketchbook and any other forms of responses. Understanding the work of artists and the visual impact on your own work.
  • Externally set assignment 40%- Development on an externally set theme from a range of options. This is investigated and produced in the final year and there is a chance to resolve an outcome over supervised sessions in school.

What are the entrance requirements?

 GCSE art and design or fine art at grade 5 or above

What skills do I need?

Students need an enthusiasm for visual art and skills to be able to collect and record your thoughts and observations. You need also a willingness to try things out by experimenting with different media and approaches whilst not being overly critical of your attempts. The ability to link your art with things that you are interested in and have experience of is a necessity for this course.

Future prospects?

Our past students have gone onto foundation courses and degree courses around the country. In the past few years, students have gone to Fine art, graphic design, fashion photography and computer games design. Recent Lady Lumley’s students are practising artists and have made a career from freelance illustration. One has just had their first art exhibition in Bristol. Our students go on to careers in architecture, engineering and industrial design where spatial awareness and vision are crucial. Working with universities, galleries and other creative industries are prevalent directions for art students. Teaching jobs at all levels benefit from art courses as you need to create resources and visual aids to maximise the curiosity of pupils. Art therapy jobs and jobs working with special needs students benefit greatly from an art A level. There are jobs that do not exist yet that an art A level will stand you in good stead for because the ability to think in new ways and to be innovative will be important in a fast-moving, constantly changing future jobs market.

What do our students say?

  • ‘Fine art allows me to use any medium to express and investigate my own ideas’
  • ‘I have loved studying art. It has given me a chance to improve my painting, drawing and printmaking skills. I am proud of the work I have done’


Work by Y13 student who went on to film studies degree at Salford University


A class of Y12 and Y13 students answer questions about why they chose the subject, which topics they find most interesting and how the subject can lead to future career opportunities.

Mr McGrath talks to one of his students about why she chose Art, why it is a rewarding choice of subject.


Coast and Vale Learning Trust

About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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