Art and Design (Fine Art) A-level

2 years

Course Details

You will have the freedom to work with a wide range of materials and techniques. This gives you the opportunity to find out your strengths and develop your visual skills. You will be encouraged to develop your own creative ideas and, on the whole, will be expected to work on individual projects.

Year 1:

In the first year, you will be introduced to a variety of materials and techniques that will enable you to develop your independent thinking skills, improve your observational drawing technique and work with your own creative inspiration.

Year 2:

During the second year, you will work predominantly on developing your practical portfolio using a broader range of skills and media. You will be supported to develop your personal, creative voice, to research and record your responses to the work of other artists and designers. You will also have the opportunity to exhibit your work at Liverpool Small Cinema alongside Film and Media students.

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved at least a 4 in GCSE Art, GCSE Photography or GCSE Graphics. Applicants without any of these qualifications will be subject to an additional interview to decide suitability.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

WJEC A-level Art and Design (H600)
  • Component 1 – Personal Investigation (60%)
  • Component 2 - Externally Set Task (40%)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
Our creative industries are worth more than £36 billion a year and they employ 1.5 million people in the UK. More than 50% of our Art students continue their art education at university or Further Education college.

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.