Award Crest
York College

Entry requirements

A minimum of four grade 5s at GCSE and English Language at grade 4 or above. You should also have a grade 5 or above in either Art, Textiles or Graphics. We will also be happy to look at a portfolio of your work at interview, and if you have the potential will offer you a place.


Two years

What will I study?

The Fine Art course at A Level provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop a range of skills in relation to drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. This is taught initially through a six week induction period at the beginning of the AS year, and then through personal responses to unit themes and externally set assignments provided by the exam board.

Students produce a body of work for all units, following the art process from initial research and starting points, through development and experimentation towards a final response in the form of a finished piece. Alongside their development work, students research a range of relevant artists to gain inspiration for their own creative ideas and themes.

Students' studio-based practice is contextualised with visits to exhibitions of contemporary art alongside references to work in the College Gallery and the library's excellent facilities. Also, during the summer term students' outstanding achievements are celebrated in an exhibition of work as part of the final show.

The Fine Art programme provides students with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively and creatively using a range of media. It is a demanding course but very enjoyable and rewarding.

Good course combinations

This course combines well with most other A Levels, although students should not study more than two of the Art and Design options as they are coursework based subjects which require a lot of time and dedication.


A contribution of £40 is payable at the start of the course as a contribution towards materials. This enables students to use the wealth of art materials and facilities available at the College.

How will I be assessed?

In each year there are two units, a coursework unit and an externally set assignment (exam).

Students are provided with regular feedback throughout the units, with detailed feedback at the end of each unit in relation to assessment objectives outlined by the exam board. It is important that students reflect on the feedback provided in order to improve their existing and future work and fulfil their potential.

What can it lead to

Having and A Level in a creative subject is an essential starting point if students want to pursue Art and Design. After completing their A Levels, student can apply to do a one year post A Level Art and Design Diploma in Foundation Studies course.

Having this qualification enables students to progress to a more specialist area within Art and Design such as Animation, Advertising, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Special Effects for Cinema, Photography, 3D Design, Sculpture, Textiles and more.

The Foundation course helps students determine the most appropriate Art and Design Degree specialism for them, and is offered at York College. Past students have successfully completed degrees at Goldsmiths University of London, Edinburgh College of Art and Manchester Metropolitan University and Slade School of Art.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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