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A Level Art & Design Course

This Online A Level Art and Design course will enable creative students the opportunity to attain exactly the same A Level qualification as from any conventional school or college. The course attracts up to 56 UCAS points for entry to UK Universities. You will need double this number of UCAS points for entry to a top University and so most students opt for our range of specialist Foundation Diplomas as they offer the specialist portfolio and up to 112 UCAS points. They are the same level of work as an A Level but can be completed in half the time of an A Level – click here for more information.

Course Overview

    • Entry Requirements: 16 years or over, GCSE / IGCSE Art or photography or good portfolio. Mature students require no exam qualifications, some ability to draw and paint and a desire to succeed are required. Send examples of your work if unsure of your level. You will also need to have secured an examination centre before you apply. This is very difficult because most exam centres do not permit online A-Level students to sit their art exams. The solution is to study a Foundation Diploma which is entirely online and coursework based – no exam!
    • Part-time programmes: available all year around – enrolling now
    • Full-time programmes: start December to January and September to October. Exceptions may apply.
    • Requirements: Computer with broadband connection / basic art materials
    • Progression: to any University / BA Honours Degree (you will need 1 0r 2 other A-Levels to enter University. If you don’t have these then see our range of Foundation Diploma courses)
    • Accredited: Yes AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC, CIE
    • UCAS Tarif: up to 56 points -at A* grade – university entry requires around 100 UCAS points. For more UCAS points study Foundation Diploma instead.
    • UCAS application supported: Yes
    • Portfolio support: Yes

How It Works

Students receive access to their own online studio where they can work through their course. Units and assignments are listed along with supporting resources, video tutorials for skills development, step by step guides etc. Photographs of students’ completed work are uploaded to their college e portfolio for assessment and constructive, friendly written feedback on how to progress. Additionally, students are invited to discuss with an experienced and qualified personal tutor their progress and receive face to face verbal feedback, encouragement and support. Students may also benefit from relationships with their fellow online students as they can view profiles and comment on each others’ artwork if they wish.


Formative as courses progress and summative at the end of units and the course. Your Final Major Project will be assessed externally by the exam board and this will decide your final grade. You will be kept informed every step of the way on how to improve your work.

Structure Of The Course

The course comprises  4 units (2x AS and 2x A2):

AS Unit 1. Portfolio

The emphasis of this component will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Students should produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out during the AS course.

Each student must include in their portfolio:

  • a selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study
  • at least one extended collection of work or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. It should include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials.

AS Unit 2

Separate question papers will be provided for each title. These will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.


Preparatory period – from 1 February

Following receipt of the paper, students should consider the starting points and select one. 

Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes.

Supervised time – 10 hours

Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided, supervised time.

The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive.

In the 10 hours, students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

These units are effectively repeated in year 2 but work is expected to be at a higher level. This is reflected in a 15-hour exam (supervised time) in year 2

DON”T LIKE EXAMS OR WRITING ESSAYS AND WANT TWICE THE UCAS POINTS FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF WORK – see our range of specialist Foundation Diplomas! You can start these at any time and complete them in a year! A-Levels have to be started in September and will take 2 years to complete. An A-Level art on its own won’t get you into a top University but a Foundation Diploma will! Click here to browse our range of Foundation Diplomas.


Fee = £2999 GBP- $3981 USD.

Concessions are available for recipients of state benefits.

International students fee (outside Europe) £4,000 GBP / $5,200 USD / 35,700 CNY / 362,000 INR / 600,000 JPY

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