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Year 12

A Level Fine Art: Painting & Drawing (AQA)

The course is divided into two projects - Unit One: Coursework and Unit Two: a mock exam

Unit 1 - Coursework
Personally selected theme, through which you will research, investigate and develop ideas, using media and scale. Critical studies will inform your work with artist ideas and
techniques. You will produce several large pieces and a final outcome in January of the course.

Unit 2 – Mock Exam - Coursework
You will start your exam ‘theme’ from February onwards and will sit an exam in the Summer term. You must demonstrate your investigative skills by developing ideas and exploring ideas visually. All work should be subject to on-going critical review. All four assessment objectives must be present in both the coursework and the exam.

Year 13

The best ideas from Year 12 are built upon into Year 13 and with guidance from teaching staff students will refine and select work to put forward for assessment at the end of the course. This should be a personal area of interest and will include:

a) Practical work
You should demonstrate the ability to resolve issues and ideas through a wide variety of media scale and materials. Contextual analysis and connections should be used to inform your own creative ideas.

b) Personal study
You are required to research, evaluate, analyse and establish coherent and sustainable links between your own practical work, with that of critical and historical references. You should select artists’ work, methods and/or Art movements appropriate to your practical work and produce a 1000-3000 word illustrated dissertation. The submissions for this unit must address fully all four assessment objectives.

Unit 4 - External exam

There is an external exam at the end of Year 13, with a preparatory period of 8-10 weeks, concluding with in a 15 hour exam (taking place over multiple sessions).

Skills required

  • Independence
  • Creativity
  • Willingness to explore media and take risks
  • Skill in the Formal elements – line/tone/texture


  • Entry to local and national competitions
  • Art workshop day in school

For further details please contact Mrs Baker.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.