about More information about the site.
Create an exciting portfolio of work using a variety of different media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography and animation.
Working to broad and inspiring themes, you will be able to develop your own ideas with the only limit being your imagination.

This course will give you the opportunity to progress into Higher Education and beyond. Teaching staff can provide help and guidance regarding Foundation courses, including what needs to be in an interview portfolio and advice about careers in the creative industries.

You can stay in touch, find out what's happening on the course, or give me some feedback on the website by contacting me at alevelart@yahoo.co.uk.


This website is not an official resource of any examining body - I am an A level teacher and this website is intended for use by my students to help them achieve their potential. Information on this website is specific to the students I teach. However, if you are studying A level Art and find any of this information helpful, please feel free to use it.

annotation Your thoughts and intentions behind the work.
You need annotation to pass the course. The person marking your work is not a mind reader.
The purpose of annotation is to explain what your intentions are; how you have developed your ideas and the media you have used to do so. Use the guide to help you understand what should be included.

The Assessor and Exam Moderator need to understand how your work has developed from the initial idea to the final piece(s), Remember, you aren't there when the work is marked, so if it isn't written down, it doesn't exist. Make sure your annotation is legible and uses correct spelling and grammar.


    How does the piece of work link in with your project. Is it based on an idea you have had or is it related to an artist you have researched?


    Think about the media and the technique you have used. Remember to use technical terminology when discussing this.


    If something hasn't gone to plan, evaluate it and find out how it can be improved. Then try again and annotate. This will gain you marks.

research The written side of the course.
Without artist research and annotation, you will not pass the course. Use this guide with every artist you research to gain those important marks.
Struggling to find artists? Go to the A Level Art Pinterest page, by clicking here to find examples of traditional and contemporary artists to inspire you.

NEVER plagiarise when writing your artist research. Plagiarism is when you copy directly off the internet or from a book and will result in you failing the course. Research must be written in your own words. Quotes can be used but you must use quotation marks and note where you found it.

  • icon_01 WHO IS THE ARTIST?

    Give a brief introduction to their background, though remember not to write their entire life story.

  • icon_02 WHY THIS ARTIST?

    Explain why you have chosen this artist. How do they link to your ideas or the medium/technique you are using?


    Is the artist portraying a social or personal issue? Focus on at least two pieces of work and write about what you think of the work.


    Is the work a painting, sculpture or photograph? What technique is used to produce this piece of work?

coursework & exam The two parts of your qualification.
The Coursework Unit is worth 60% of your marks and the Exam Unit is 40% (Edexcel and OCR). Use this guide for tips on achieving the best marks.
The Coursework Unit is set by the college and could be based on a range of different starting points. You have a bit more choice in this during your A2 year.

The Exam Unit is set by the exam board. You will have access to these starting points from the 1st of February.



    Show as many different ideas as possible. The idea you have at the start should not be the one you do in the exam. Think big!


    Develop your ideas by looking into the work of artists who have portrayed similar subject matter, using the 'Research' guide to get those marks.


    Evaluate your ideas and practical work, showing how your work has evolved. Use the 'Annotation' guide to get those marks.


    Use as many different media in the first part of your development and then refine your skills with a certain media leading up to a 'final piece'.

  • EXAM

    If you want to achieve the best marks possible you need to use your time wisely. Aim to produce both quality and quantity to get the high grades.

personal study The essay part of the A2 coursework.
I recommend completing an essay for this part of the course. You also need to link it to your coursework ideas.
Decide on an idea for your essay and then choose two artists who relate to this. Ensure there is plenty of information or it will be difficult to write about them.

You will compare and contrast how these artists tackle the idea you have chosen, making an insightful and critical enquiry which will lead on to a well thought conclusion. You will link this with your own work in order to show an understanding of how your work relates to the issues you are discussing.

Use the plan below to write your Personal Study and ensure that you ask for feedback on how to improve.

In the introduction you should explain what the them of your essay is and how it is linked to your coursework. What do you hope to address during the essay, is there an issue you want to discuss? Which artists will you be using and why?.

You should have a paragraph for each artist, showing an understanding of his or her work. This will be done through analysing a selection of pieces, using quotes and giving your personal opinion of the work.
Compare and contrast the artists and how they relate to the issue you are discussing.
How does this relate to your own work? Have you been influenced by the artists? Make sure you include images of your work here.

What was the outcome of your investigation into the chosen theme and the artists used? Has your original perception changed or stayed the same?.

careers What happens next?
There are many different creative careers available to those who want to study art and there are just a handful of these listed here:
-Animator -Architect -Art Conservator -Art Critic -Art Director -Art Historian -Art Teacher -Art Technician -Art Therapy -Artist -Artist in Residence -Cinematographer -Concept Art -Craft Artist -Curator -Fashion Designer -Graphic Designer -Illustrator -Industrial Design -Interior Design -Jewellery Designer -Make Up Artist -Model Maker -Multi Media Artist -Photographer -Product Designer -Sculptor -Set Design -Sign Writer -Special Effects -Storyboard Artist -Tattoo Artist -Website designer



Most art universities require you to complete a Foundation Course, which usually lasts for one year. It is essential that you go on an Open Day before applying to the course to make sure it is the right one for you. Check out what facilities are available and the standard of the work being produced by the current students on the course. Don't forget you'll also need an up-to-date portfolio for your interview.


Doing an Art Degree is an amazing experience and something you will never forget. If you put in the hard work it will be worth it. You can search for art courses on the UCAS website - once you have a selection of different universities it is essential that you visit the university on an Open Day. Another good way of seeing the university is to find out when their end of year exhibition will be as you'll be able to see the standard of work that is produced by students who have studied there. As well as this you will be able to talk to the students and find out whether they would recommend the course or not.