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Are you a creative thinker, committed, enthusiastic and full of ideas? Do you want to explore the world around you visually through painting, drawing, printing or sculpture? If so then A Level Art is for you.


We place emphasis on the individual, and encourage our students to use Art to explore their own interests and ideas, rather than set traditional projects. Exam boards have praised our course for the diversity of students’ work.

You will be given one to one guidance to help you direct your studies in a purposeful way so that you achieve your potential at examination.

Special Features

There is a studio exclusively for Sixth Form use, a Sixth Form Resources Centre, and art exhibitions at the end of every term. We also organise life-drawing classes to help you to develop your drawing skills by working from a model. There are opportunities to talk and work with practising artists and trips to galleries and universities. We run a residential trip every year to Europe in the spring term.  We have been to Barcelona and Amsterdam in the past few years.

Entry requirements

Please refer to the John of Gaunt entry requirements.


Coursework is now done over the full two years with a final exam project in the end of year 13. You will not get a grade at the end of year 12. You must complete the full two years.


By following this link, you can see the specification on the exam board website:




Method of Assessment


Unit 1 – project 1 “who am I” project.

A skills-based project that explores a large range of skills, media techniques, ideas development and art history.

60% of advanced GCE

Internally set

Internally marked

Externally moderated


Unit 1 – coursework project.

An open choice practical project leading to a final piece


A written study on an Art related topic.

60% of advanced GCE

Internally set

Internally marked

Externally moderated


Unit 2 – examination project.

A practical project on a theme set by the exam board

40% of advanced GCE

Externally set

Internally marked

Externally moderated

Moving on

Many students are successful in their applications to foundation courses at Trowbridge and Bath. These courses lead to a degree and/or career in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Ceramic, Jewellery, Packaging, Graphics, Illustration, Model Making, Sign Making, Animation, Computer-Aided Design, Silversmithing, Interior Design, Theatre Design, Costume Design, Teaching. Direct entry to History of Art, Museums and Galleries, Auctioneering and Architecture is possible. Art combines with virtually any other subject and forms a valuable complement to English, History and other A-Level Arts subjects.