Fine Art

Exam Board: Edexcel


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This award is a two year A Level qualification.

Component 1

Personal Investigation

(Coursework - 60% of the total qualification)  

Component 2

Externally Set Assignment

(Examination - 40% of the total qualification)


Component 1

Your Personal Investigation will be assessed mainly on your Practical Work (72 marks) and on your Personal Study, an essay of 1000 words minimum (18 marks) which is worth 12% of the total qualification.

Component 2

Your Externally Set Assignment (total marks of 72) will be assessed in June 2020. Your preparatory studies will be a creative response to a broad-based theme released on February 2020, concluding with a final response realised in exam conditions over a period of 15 hours.


Students will work across portraiture, landscape, still life, human form, abstraction, experimental imagery, narrative, installation, and working in a genre. Students will use a variety of techniques, including; mark making, mixed-media, casting, glazing, collage, intaglio, photographic printing and digital manipulation.

Component 1 - Personal Portfolio (60%)

Includes evidence in developing ideas, exploring media, developing and applying skills, researching, recording, analysing, reviewing, creating and presenting outcomes from different personal starting points. The portfolio is made up of supportive studies, practical work and a minimum 1000 words personal study (critical written communication).

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment (40%) 

The theme and starting points will be released in February each year. Students must complete at 15–hour period of sustained focus on their theme based on preparatory studies they have already completed. The preparatory studies will form a portfolio with elements similar to that of their Component 1 Personal Portfolio, i.e showing a creative journey through visual and written critical thinking.


Students have gone on to study and work in many disciplines such as Graphics, Photography, Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, History of Art and the Media. The manual dexterity skills developed in art are highly valued in many careers, including medicine and dentistry. “If there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival and growth of any organisation, it is now.” (Ken Robinson, 2011) 


The creative and critical thinking skills necessary to study this subject will serve many other subjects such as Psychology and History.