Art and Design A-level

You will have the freedom to work with a wide range of materials and techniques. This gives you the opportunity to find out your strengths and develop your visual skills. You will be encouraged to develop your own creative ideas and, on the whole, will be expected to work on individual projects.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:

In the first year, you will be introduced to a variety of materials and techniques that will enable you to develop your independent thinking skills, improve your observational drawing technique and work with your own creative inspiration.

Year 2:

During the second year, you will work predominantly on developing your practical portfolio using a broader range of skills and media. You will be supported to develop your personal, creative voice, to research and record your responses to the work of other artists and designers. You will also have the opportunity to exhibit your work at Liverpool Small Cinema alongside Film and Media students.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE Art at grade 4 or above. If you do not have an Art GCSE, you will be considered on an individual basis. Please bring along some examples of your work when you are invited to your interview.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Component 1 – Personal Investigation (60%)
  • Component 2 - Externally Set Task (40%)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Our creative industries are worth more than £36 billion a year and they employ 1.5 million people in the UK []. More than 50% of our Art students continue their art education at university or Further Education college.

What qualification will I gain?

OCR A-level Art and Design (H600).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:00