Advanced GCE in Art and Design – Art and Design (Fine Art)

Studying Art at the Amethyst Sixth Form

Embark on a journey of creative exploration with Amethyst 6th Form College’s A Level Fine Art course. Designed for aspiring artists and thinkers in the West Midlands, this course delves deep into the realms of art and design, nurturing your artistic skills and critical understanding of the art world.


A Level Fine Art at Amethyst 6th Form College is a gateway to the expansive world of art and creativity. This course, aligned with OCR’s rigorous standards, offers you a platform to express, explore, and evolve your artistic talents. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or a creative thinker, this course is your canvas to paint your future.

Course Contents:

  • Personal Investigation: The heart of this course is your personal investigation, a journey where your unique artistic voice takes centre stage. You’ll create a portfolio reflecting your response to a theme of your choice, supported by a related study – a deep dive into the art historical context of your work. This component is a blend of practical creativity and insightful research, making up 60% of your A Level grade​​.
  • Externally Set Task: Challenge your creativity with the Externally Set Task. Here, you’re given thematic starting points by OCR, from which you’ll craft a personal response. This segment culminates in a 15-hour supervised session, where your planning and preliminary ideas come to life. This task accounts for 40% of your final grade, testing your ability to conceptualize and actualize your artistic vision​​.

Career Paths and Further Study:

A Level Fine Art opens doors to a multitude of pathways. Pursue further studies in art and design, step into creative industries, or even set up your own studio. This course equips you with the skills and confidence to explore various avenues in the creative sector.

Act Now:

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to transform your artistic passion into a profound skill set. At Amethyst 6th Form College, we provide the tools, guidance, and inspiration; you bring your vision and enthusiasm. Act now to secure your place in our A Level Fine Art course and paint your future in vibrant colours!

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Advanced GCE in Art and Design – Art and Design (Fine Art)
  • Exam Board: OCR


Course Teacher Profile

Mrs E. Thomas

Mrs E. Thomas


Mrs. Thomas is the Curriculum Team Lead for Art in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the A Level Art and Design course you must have the following…

  •  Art Grade 6
  • English Grade 5
  • Must have GCSE

Year 1 Summary

  • Unit 1 – Art History
  • Unit 2 – Observational Drawing
  • Unit 3 – Life Drawing
  • Unit 4 – Artists Analysis
  • Unit 5 – Illustration

February – External Set Task

Preparation (assessment objectives 1-3).

Exam (assessment objective 4)

Year 2 Summary

Practical Portfolio

Assessment Objective 1 – Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

Assessment Objective 2 – Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

Assessment Objective 3 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

Assessment Objective 4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Careers and Next Steps

There are a few areas of work that you can use Art straight after A level, however students often decide to study a degree enabling them to specialise in a particular area of art.

Skills developed include;

  • Creativity and ability to convey ideas and concepts.
  • Work independently.
  • Good written, verbal and vision communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and change ideas and concepts in response to a client’s needs.

Careers choices for pupils who have study Art at A Level:

  • Advertising Art Director
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Print Worker
  • Photographer
  • Art Therapist
  • School Teacher
  • Museum Curator

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