A Level Art and Design

A level Art and Design engages students in both practical and written creative studies. The course content requires individual exploration and development of each student’s:

  • Personal ideas through contextual research and analysis
  • Ability to record their ideas in a visual way
  • Experimentation with appropriate media, materials, technique and processes
  • Ability to present a personal and meaningful response

There is a predominant focus on drawing, which will be the basis for building a portfolio of work that is both personal and informed. Opportunities exist for students to take part in residential Art courses and gallery visits. Teachers provide extended skills workshops and one-to-one tuition as part of the course. 


Progression from Art and Design A Level can be extremely varied, although a significant number of students progress onto a one-year Art Foundation course. This is an ideal course for those who wish to gain further specialist knowledge and skills in preparation for Art and Design-based university courses. Each year we also have students taking routes into architecture, marketing, advertising and design-based courses such as Graphics and Fashion. 

Complementary Courses

Art and Design complements all A Level courses. 


A2 Level

*This includes a 1000-word essay which explains the coursework portfolio as it progresses.

Entry Requirements

Grade C in GCSE Art and Design, if taken.

Students who have not taken GCSE Art and Design may also apply.

5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics at grades 9-5)


AQA A Level Art and Design (Fine Art)