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The Marlborough Science Academy

Art - Key Stage 5​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Art and Design: Fine Art

Students who choose to study Art at Key Stage 5 follow the Edexcel Art and Design: Fine Art A level course.

The Art department at Marlborough has a long-standing excellent reputation both within the county and further afield. Our results are outstanding often seeing 100% of students obtaining 9 - 6. The students average grade this year was an A grade. We also offer photography here at Marlborough and have four dedicated large art rooms including a dark room. We have an excellent team of teachers with a broad range of specialising including, Painting, 3D and sculpture, photography and Textiles.

Course Content:

The course consists of two components

  • Personal Investigation - worth 60% of the final grade. This contains practical work and a small guided written study
  • An externally set assessment – worth 40% of the final grade. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills in painting, drawing, print making and 3D work. They can explore and investigate their own ideas with step-by-step guidance from teacher-led tutorials.

There are also trip opportunities such as visits to the Tate, The Saatchi and Curwen Print Centre.


  • Students are continually teacher - assessed throughout the course with verbal and written feedback.
  • There is a pre public examination in December for Year 13 and then the externally set examination which occurs in April of Year 13 also. This is worth 40% of the final grade. There is a long preparatory period to allow students to study towards their final outcome with their teacher’s advice. Yr 12 students have a pre public examination in June.

Studying Art is essential for any form of design or art courses such as Painting, Sculpture, Graphics, Product Design, Fashion, Textiles, Architecture, Furniture/Jewellery Design etc. Art also shares many links with other subjects such as English, Drama, History, Maths etc. The modern world requires many skills in creativity, industries connected with new Media, Advertising, Gaming, Film, Performance and Journalism often employ graduates with an education in the Arts.

Curriculum Implementation 

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Curriculum Timelines 

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Curriculum Learning Journey 

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