Fine Art - A Level

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. They will be made aware of both traditional and new media.  Students will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales, using sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Students should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students' responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.


Course Content 

The course includes a wide variety of Fine Art techniques ranging from oil paint to photography.

• You will learn how to develop ideas, reference the work of other artists and use materials such as acrylic, collage, ICT and oil paint

• It is expected that students work independently at home, from observation and secondary sources as well as completing sketchbooks

• Students' work is supported by trips run by the Art and Photography Department. It is of benefit to students to visit galleries independently

• There is also the option to partake in a one-day life drawing workshop, run by the Royal Academy of Arts.


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Assessment Method AS

Component 1: Portfolio 60%

Component 2: Externally set assignment 40%

A Level

Component 1: Personal Investigation 60%

Component 2: Externally set assignment 40%

AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.



The Creative Arts Industries in the UK are a growing field. Fine Art A Level could lead to a foundation course and degree in the subject, and then support entry into careers as varied as graphic design, architecture, teaching, museum curating, restoration work and working in the computer games industry. Students who have completed the course have successfully applied and completed Fine Art degrees.

The independence taught in the course is of benefit in any career.


After completing the Fine Art A Level at Meopham School you could chose to study a variety of courses as University, such as;

  • Anglia Ruskin University - Fine Art BA (Hons)

  • Aberystwyth University  - Fine Art with Art History BA (Hons)

  • Lancaster University - Fine Art and Film BA (Hons)

  • University of Chester - Fine Art and Graphic Design BA (Hons)

  • University of Worcester - Fine Art with Psychology BA (Hons)

  • University of Dundee - Art & Philosophy


Entry Requirements

In order to attend Meopham Sixth Form the minimum entry requirement is 5 level 4 GCSEs, including English and Maths. 

To study Fine Art you are required to achieve the minimum of a level 4 in GCSE Art or equivalent courses.


Past student work examples