Key Stage






Single Award

Valid for

2018 - 2020






Performing and Creative Arts

Course Content & Assessment

During the course of the year we offer the possibility of artists in residence, courses outside of school and links with local galleries, artists and photographers. We also work with Ferndown Upper School our link school, where figure drawing for KS5 has been advantageous.
The Art department offer an open-house policy for out of school classes 3.15 – 4.30pm, inviting all year groups to use our facilities and develop their work and skills further.

This course encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to Art and Design. If you enjoy working creatively and have a flair for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed-media, installation, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography you will find the course very fulfilling.
The Fine Art course will enable you be as individual as you are. You'll be continually encouraged to be an original and creative thinker, to challenge yourself, push boundaries and realise your potential as visual practitioner.
Art offers a distinctive way of learning, where seeing, thinking and making are combined in a powerful form of visual and tactile communication. You will be encouraged to be creative, to enquire and question, and to make connections and synthesise ideas. To imagine a world where Art and creativity has not had an impact upon our society is not worth thinking about. How will your creativity impact upon future lives?
An A-Level Fine Art and Photography exhibition at the end of each academic year celebrates the success of our Post 16 students and inspires the year groups in lower school.
Personalised learning is key to the success of our KS5 courses. AQA Fine Art and Photography are responded to with innovative ideas and teaching styles. Over the AS courses students are encouraged to develop their technical and research skills and working outside of their comfort zones. They are welcome to use the department in their free lessons for private study, adopting the working ethos of Post 16 students. ‘A’ Level students are invited to attend a range of day trips to galleries and museums, as well as work with artists in residence.

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Art.
Route B: GCSE Grade 5 in Graphics or Textiles . A portfolio of work, written personal statement and interview process will be used to support applications to ensure the suitability for the course, if demand for the subject is high.

The Arts University College Bournemouth and other Arts schools/institutions offer higher education courses across sector disciplines within Art & Design. To progress to a Visual Arts degree students would normally be required to take a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design prior to specialising within chosen disciplines. Fine Art offers a broad education prior to the opportunity to further focus upon your chosen area. Universities around the country offer BA Honours Degrees in a variety of subjects under Fine Art: Textiles, Fashion, Mixed Media, Photography, Film, Video, Animation, Model Making, Product Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewellery, Architecture and many more.
It is also worth noting that the Creative Industries in the UK continue to grow and be highly successful contributing to the economy. A future within the creative industries could be very rewarding.
Additionally other degrees are supported by an Art qualification including Medicine and Engineering.