Year 12 & 13 Art and Design: Fine Art


The Team:

Mrs A Burridge (Curriculum Leader)

Miss K Jones (Subject Leader Photography)

Mrs K Warner (Technician)

Key Stage 5 AQA Fine Art

The 2 year A-Level course is a clear progression from the GCSE course and aims to further develop creativity, imagination, and independence. Students work independently to respond to briefs and develop their own artistic flair. The course is split into two units spread across both year 12 and year 13. Year 12 is primarily skills development, with year 13 being the personal portfolio development year combined with the exam board ESA. The Candidates will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas

including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, film,

animation, television, video and photography: lens-based and/or light-based media.

Gifted and Talented/Enrichment Opportunities:

The department supports and challenges Gifted and Talented students by giving them opportunities to showcase their work and engage with challenging topics and materials. Enrichment opportunities include trips to local and London exhibitions and galleries, plus the opportunity to showcase their work in and exhibition at the end of the academic year.


The Art department follows the Academy policy on homework.

Homework tasks involve drawing, research, developing classwork or individual responses. It is essential a disciplined approach towards homework is taken in order for students to fully meet the course requirements,


Literacy opportunities are planned for in Learning Schemes and used as a focus in the delivery of lessons, for written feedback and homework. Lesson focus on the use of keywords and ability for students to use them in the correct context when discussing their own work and that of artists and cultures.


The Art department do not use textbooks but would recommend students having as much access to Art as possible through their own practice or visiting other artist exhibitions. Books on artists, designers and cultures may be useful for research that influences their own development of ideas.

Parent Support

All staff attend parent consultation evenings, and prepare information handouts for parents when appropriate. The Curriculum Leader is also always available to address any concerns that parents may have.


The Fine Art A level is a linear course, which means that students are expected to study for two academic years to gain the full qualification. The courses offered at Cecil Jones equip students with the relevant skills to continue either Art studies or into a chosen career path. Relevant career paths could include - Artist, Interior Design, Fashion, Graphics, Web design, Education.