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Art (Fine Art)

St Peter's 13-18

Art (Fine Art)

Stpeters27thSept 59The Course

Most pupils will have studied Art at GCSE level but this is not an essential requirement. More importantly, pupils should have a genuine passion and a high degree of commitment to the subject. The Pre-U course at St Peter’s is designed to appeal and to be of benefit to those pupils who wish to apply for art school and university courses in any of the art disciplines and architecture as well as for those who wish to take the subject simply because they enjoy it but may not wish to take their art further than sixth form level.

The course has been designed

  • to support independent and self-directed learning
  • to encourage learners to think laterally, critically and creatively, and to acquire good problem-solving skills
  • to promote a comprehensive understanding of the subject through depth and rigour.

Sixth Form level pupils share their own studio space and will be expected to spend some of their ‘sit-outs’ (free periods) in the Art School. Life Drawing Classes are held in the Christmas Term, and there are a number of day trips to galleries, and residential field trips to Boggle Hole (Lower Sixth) and Paris (Upper Sixth).

Component One: Portfolio (Lower Sixth)

The Portfolio comprises building a substantial body of work or number of smaller relevant pieces, supported by sketchbooks/journals/study sheets. The emphasis in this unit is building practical skills informed by reference to artists and practitioners. Pupils will have the opportunity to build on skills already developed at GCSE, through life drawing classes and practical workshops, and further develop confidence in their own individual artistic ‘voice’.

Component Two: Critical and Contextual Study (Lower/Upper Sixth)

A written essay of 3000–3500 words on a personal subject related to the pupils' own practical work.

Component Three: Project (Upper Sixth)

The Project comprises a sustained piece of studio practice culminating in a fully resolved piece or body of work. First-hand observation is an important part of the development of the work, and the work will build on skills developed in more exploratory work created in the Lower Sixth.


  • Components one and two are internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Component three is marked by an external moderator.

Examination Board: Cambridge Pre U

Additional Notes

Life Class is a feature of the Art School at St Peter’s. The Life Class runs on a weekly basis between September and March and pupils will be encouraged to attend. Pupils will also be expected to visit galleries and places of cultural and creative interest in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world of art.

Group visits to major galleries and cultural sites will be built into the course.