Minerva Learning Trust

Art - Fine Art

A Level AQA

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A Level Art requires students to complete a term of skills based mini projects, using a variety of techniques such as drawing, painting and colour work, mixed media and textures as well as potentially sculpture, photography and printing. Those interested in creative art textiles can also explore this throughout the course. 

Students will develop their research and annotation skills alongside their practical art skills, expanding their subject specific vocabulary on art and artists and art movements, both contemporary and historic. 

Students complete portfolio projects of their own choice as part of the A Level, including a mock exam project, a selfdirected coursework project (which includes a 1000-word dissertation) and an exam project.


Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework) - 60%

• Skills development
• One mock exam project
• One individually selected project

Practical Examination - 40%

• One project with a 15 hour final piece 

Both components are marked by the teaching staff and moderated by the exam board.


Students will further develop their technical skills through the teaching of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and textile work. This will be informed by the areas in which they wish to explore. Creative thinking skills are at the forefront of all the work, connecting art to a range of other subjects. 

Art combines well with other creative subjects such as Dance, Film Studies, Design and Technology and Theatre Studies, whilst providing a balanced education for those studying Sciences and Maths, and the Humanities.  

There are specific art colleges that students can explore if they choose art as a career pathway. Career prospects can include: Artist, Graphic Designer, Textile Designer, Fashion Designer, Set Designer Architect, Games design, Illustrator, Photographer, etc.

High Storrs Sixth Form Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics


Grade 4 in Art