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Art A Level & AS Level courses

Art is a practical and creative subject, which allows our students to produce their own works of art, using a wide range of techniques and processes. Practical work is supported by an in-depth understanding of different styles and genres and a caritical appreciation of how images and artefacts are produced. At Westminster Tutors, our students are surrounded by paintings, drawings and photographs, which they can study in detail, and they also enjoy lessons taking place at the many art galleries around London.

Course outline

Areas of study

  • Drawing and painting
  • Mixed-media, including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Installation
  • Printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)
  • Moving image and photography

Skills & technique

  • Appreciation of different approaches to recording images
  • Appreciation of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form
  • Awareness of intended audience or purpose
  • Understanding of the conventions of figurative/representational and abstract/non-representational imagery or genres
  • Appreciation of different ways of working
  • Understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure

Knowledge & Understanding

  • How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
  • A working vocabulary and specialist terminology
  • Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
  • Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions


AS Level

Component 1: Portfolio

  • 96 marks
  • No time limit
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 60% of total AS level

Component 2: Externally set assignment

  • 96 marks
  • Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 40% of total AS level

A Level

Component 1: Personal investigation

  • 96 marks
  • 1000-3000 words
  • No time limit
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 60% of total A level

Component 2: Externally set assignment

  • 96 marks
  • Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 40% of total A level


Teachers will choose the examination board for students joining in Year 12 based on their expertise and specialist knowledge. For Year 13 and retake students, teachers will continue students’ studies with AQA, Edexcel/Pearson, OCR or WJEC/Eduqas. Please note that we do not offer CIE but can more than map to one of the boards listed.


Dido Powell
BA (Leeds), PGCE (Institute of Education, London)

Why Choose Westminster Tutors?

  • Top independent sixth form college
  • Average grades 57% A*-A and 80% A*-B
  • 68% placed at Russell Group unis
  • Superbly qualified teachers who care
  • Average A level retake improvement is 1.5 grades
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Westminster Tutors is one of the oldest and best independent sixth form colleges in London. Established in 1934, our culture of scholastic excellence is deeply embedded and sets the standard for other colleges to follow.