Art – A Level


Exam Board: OCR


Aims and Learning Outcomes

  • Learners will be able to explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of Fine Art media.
  • Learners will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Fine Art. Learners may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce Fine Art work.
  • Learners in Fine Art are expected to demonstrate specialisation in particular materials, media or processes to allow for an appropriate depth of study. This can be achieved by working toward the extension and development of particular themes, ideas or issues.
  • Drawing skills should be understood and developed as appropriate to the ways of recording and communicating intentions, ideas and emotions in the context of Fine Art.


Learners take all components (01 & 02) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Art.

Content Overview – Personal investigation

  • Portfolio
  • Essay

Assessment Overview

(01) 120 marks non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) 60% of total A level

Content Overview

Externally set task

Assessment Overview

(02) 80 marks 15 hours non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) 40% of total A level

Structure of Course:

This course is made up of:

Component 01: Personal investigation (60% final mark)

Learners should produce two elements:
(i) a portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by the learner or centre

(ii) a related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.

This work will be produced in year 12 and some of year 13. Learners are required to choose one or more area(s) of study, such as:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape
  • Still life
  • Human form
  • Abstraction
  • Experimental imagery
  • Narrative
  • Installation
  • Working in a genre

Component 02: Externally set task (40% final mark)

Paper will be issued on 1st February and will provide learners with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. A response should be based on one of these options.


Our Art students have progressed on to a wide range of universities to further their expertise within the area. These include:

  • Illustration at BCU
  • Fine Art at BCU
  • Fine Art at De Montford University
  • Fashion Design at De Montford University