Exam Board – OCR

Qualification – A Level H601

Entry requirements – Art GCSE grade 5 or BTEC level 2 Art and Design merit, plus grade 5 in English

Course specification

Fine Art is art which is predominantly concerned with creating work for aesthetic purposes (rather than design purposes).

The course allows artists to develop a wide range of skills as well as focus on one or more of the following areas – portraiture, landscape, still life, human form, abstraction, experimental imagery, narrative, installation, and working in a genre. The course teaches skills in a number of different mediums and allows artists to specialise in a particular area. Students are required to meet all four assessment objectives through a sustained and proactive approach to learning. The course also includes workshops with professional artists and visits to artistic places of interest.

Syllabus content:

  • develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding
  • explore and select appropriate resources, media, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining as work develops
  • record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress
  • present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

Students are examined by:

  • portfolio building
  • written essays
  • 10-hour practical exam