Fine Art
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two 5/Bs and three 4/Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4/C in Maths and English Language. An art related subject at grade 4/C or above, plus a portfolio of work.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

An A Level in Fine Art allows you to explore the world of art in an imaginative and personal way, developing ideas using a range of media. We’ll help you to push the boundaries of your artistic talents but most importantly, we will help you to build a comprehensive portfolio of work which will be invaluable for your university application. Visits to galleries will be encouraged.

What will I learn?

You will learn a range of experimental mark making techniques using a wide range of mixed media, as well as developing your 3D, printmaking, sculpting, drawing and painting skills, giving you the opportunity to showcase the full range of your creative abilities. All your studies will be supported by contextual research into the work of other artists (both historic and contemporary).

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


We have fantastic spacious studio spaces with specialist equipment including printmaking tools, a photography studio and dark room with industry standard editing software.

Progression and Careers

Some universities require students to complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at College before progressing; we offer this at Nelson and Colne College University Centre. However many of our students progress directly to university.

Former students have gone on to study art related disciplines at a number of top universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, Kingston University, Leeds College of Art and the Royal College of Art, studying a broad range of degrees such as Art History, Architecture and Fine Art to name but a few.

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