A Level

Art and Design

  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to Art and Design

Take your creative ideas and skills on to the next level in Art and Design. Are you considering career pathways in the burgeoning Creative Industries such as art, architecture, graphics, textiles, fashion or game design? Perhaps you simply love the broad-ranging opportunities Art and Design offers you to express yourself through exploring a broad range of media and techniques. If so, then this exciting course will absolutely be for you.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades: option a

    GCSE grade 6 or merit in Art and Design or similar subject title. Not included: Art & Design (Photography) or Design Technology.

  • Subject grades: option b

    Applicants may complete our A level Access Project, to find out more please click the button below.

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for ​Art and Design is 58.

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About the Course

Our course is designed to build on the skills and enthusiasm you bring. We will help you acquire new techniques, broaden your knowledge, and help give you the confidence you need to realise your full creative potential.

The Art and Design department is a lively and friendly teaching and learning environment, where individual ideas, experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged. All the staff are practising artists and have a wide range of specialist interests and expertise. You will have one main teacher and there is flexibility for you to try a very exciting range of methods of working. Weekly drop-in sessions provide additional individual guidance and support. Students are very well supported in their progression to Further and Higher Education in Art and Design.

Resources and staffing within the Art department enable students to explore a rich and diverse range of creative approaches. These include:

  • Painting 3D / Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textiles / Fashion
  • Digital Media

You can view our students' work and get to know our staff team by clicking on the button below to Hills Art.

2023 Art and Design A level results


21% of our students achieved A* to A


79% of our students achieved A* to B 


100% of our students achieved A* to E 

Course information

A level Art and Design allows you to progress an exciting and extensive range of creative and technical skills. It prepares you for a range of courses, particularly those that demand problem-solving skills and technical dexterity. Opportunities to collaborate in shared learning experiences through group discussion are embedded throughout the course to build confidence and teamwork.

You will also gain a strong understanding of historic and contemporary visual art practice, through supporting contextual studies. Individual exploration and development of your personal skills and creative directions is a special aspect of this subject.

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Hear from our students

Join us! A level Art ​and Design at Hills has just the perfect balance of independence and support to really let your creativity thrive; wonderful teachers and a wonderful course.

Joe, Year 12 student

I absolutely love Art & Design – the teachers are supportive and allow you to flourish as an artist.

Esther, Year 12 Student

Quick facts


163 year 12 and 13 students take Art and Design

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week