Shrewsbury School

Art in the Sixth Form

The following information is taken from our document 'The Sixth Form and Beyond', which is updated each December. It can be downloaded as a pdf file.

Head of Faculty: Mrs L. Caddel

Art in the Sixth Form is designed to be a continuation of studies at GCSE, although a number of candidates do take the subject for the first time in the Sixth Form.  The courses are designed to be a richly rewarding experience, whether or not the candidate wishes to pursue their studies into further education.  Candidates follow the AQA A Level course.  We currently offer three distinct A Level courses:

  • Art & Design: Fine Art
  • Art & Design: Photography
  • Art & Design: 3D

Each of these options is delivered within the main timetable, but pupils will be required to attend some sessions outside of normal teaching times for particular extended pieces of work.

Fine Art

This is a course of skills-based learning which introduces students to a range of visual media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and digital media. Students select one or more areas in which to specialise for the second year of the A Level course.

Three-dimensional design 

Students explore different approaches to working in 3D, including ceramics, sculpture, installation, and digital design. Students select one or more areas in which to specialise for the second year of the A Level course.


This course introduces students to portraiture, landscape, still life and documentary photography; they will also explore experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and the moving image.

Over the two-year A Level course there will be trips to major museums and galleries in the UK and one each year to a major European city. We also arrange a residential workshop devoted to drawing, painting and sculpture in the Easter Holidays.

Art & Design A Level is an essential qualification for entry to Art, Design, Architecture or Landscape Architecture courses at university, as well as offering an entrée to the many creative employment opportunities.  An A Level qualification is viewed with interest by universities as showing another aspect of a candidate’s potential, and in the case of visually orientated courses, such as Architecture, it is regarded in the same way as academic subjects.

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