Course Overview

Art is for students who are genuinely interested in working in 2 and 3 dimensional materials. The A Level course offers an innovative approach to fine art that will stimulate your curiosity, knowledge and extend your individual skills in visual language. The course provides students with a broad experience and an opportunity to develop drawing, painting, sculptural, ceramic, photography and digital skills. The course encourages students to take an experimental approach with materials to develop a good understanding of the creative process. Students will also investigate the work of artists to develop critical thinking and to inform personal project development.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths and English, with at least two at grade 6. You should have GCSE Art at grade 4 or a Distinction in BTEC Art & Design. Outstanding students without these subjects but with a good portfolio of art work and a background in subjects such as Graphic Communication or Textiles may be considered.


This course is a great starting point for students wishing to embark on a Foundation Course, a University Course, a Vocational Course or employment within the Art & Design field. During the course, students will develop desirable transferrable skills that will enable them to create a professional portfolio providing a pathway to whichever journey they choose after their studies here.

Course Outline

Course Activities
Students attend suitable exhibitions, and have had success in entering relevant competitions, working to live briefs and creating commissions, when these opportunities arise.

Component 1 - Coursework:
1. An in-depth critical, practical & theoretical investigative project and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
2. An extended written essay of 1000 words, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work.

Component 2 - Examination:
This externally set assignment component incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the practical 15-hour exam. The externally set assignment consists of a series of visual and written stimuli which is selected by the learner and used as a starting point to which students should respond in a very personal way. The practical exam consists of a 15-hour period of sustained focus work where students will create final pieces as a development of their preparatory work.

Salma Imran

“Studying A Level Art has been an amazing opportunity to reflect my talent. Everyone is very friendly and works together to help each other achieve high marks in their work. There is a wide range of techniques involved in this subject and I know this will contribute immensely in the future.”

Salma Imran

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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