This new course is intended for all A-Level Fine Art teachers who wish to ensure the high achievement of students on this course. The course will provide teachers with inspiring, practical strategies to achieve with students, and will include:

  • Demonstrating a range of techniques and strategies to enable students to achieve a high grade in A level Fine Art
  • How to structure and teach all the A-level Fine Art components, using examples of student work
  • Exploring approaches to structuring a successful 2 year course for all abilities and raise attainment within the department
  • Develop your expertise in attaining maximum student grades within each component


  • Develop strategies for raising achievement and engagement in more able students
  • Find out about differentiated approaches to visual analysis and essay writing
  • Gain expert advice from an A Level specialist teacher with consistently outstanding results
  • Explore a range of standardised student work, reflecting on what moderators are looking for and what an A/A* submission looks like
DATE & LOCATION:  London | Thursday 06 February 2020
  • All teachers of A-level Fine Art or any other Art endorsements
  • Heads of Art Department
  • Colleagues intending to plan and develop A Level Art provision
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
Structuring an effective Fine Art course in relation to the requirements of the specification

  • How to design a successful course structure – what to do, how to do it
  • Exam board expectations: what we have learned and meeting these in our teaching
  • Feedback from the 2019 examination series- using this information to improve student performance and understanding within this current series
  • Monitoring and assessing student progress at key points in the course

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion Coffee break

11.00 – 11.45am
Enhancing Performance From the Start For All Students

  • Preparing for A Level study – the use of pre-course tasks, baseline assessments and diagnostics; do they support progression?
  • Skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding: Do we presume knowledge and what do we need our students to understand for success?
  • Explore strategies to develop students’ critical and contextual work
  • How to enhance student knowledge of the formal elements, use of subject-specific terminology and confident articulation of ideas.
  • Exploring the context of Annotation and the Personal study for students’ work.
  • Teaching continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to fine art to enable high level understanding
  • Strategies to enable students to work Independently, and express their ‘voice’ through their work.

11.45 – 12.30pm
Planning To Ensure Maximum Progress and Achievement

  • Develop robust programmes of study that encourage individual engagement and respond to changes in delivery.
  • Manage the portfolio, personal investigation and externally set assignment: strategies to maintain flow, purpose and momentum
  • Strategies for developing independent and resilient learners
  • Enabling students to respond to key fine art skills and techniques (g. awareness of intended audience or purpose), using drawing and painting as an example

12.30 – 1.30pm

1.30 – 2.30pm
Component 1: The Personal Investigation

  • Approaches to encourage students to participate actively in their course of study
  • Developing a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that supports the written element of personal project.
  • Develop meaningful annotations and analysis through applying knowledge and understanding
  • How to support students identify contextual references from a range of sources
  • Developing an understanding and appreciation for the formal elements and principles of art
  • Analysing examples of high grade component 1 projects (Delegates can bring 1 or 2 examples of work to look through and discuss)
Afternoon Tea and discussion

2.45 – 3.20pm
Component 2: Successfully Teaching The External set assignment

  • The best approach to considering starting points and preparatory work
  • How to support independent learning, working to time constraints and developing a personal, independent and meaningful response
  • Demonstrating the crucial fine art skills, processes and techniques to gain the highest marks
  • How to organise timeframes and structure in line with exam board requirements
  • Explore examples of successful component 2 projects – what does A / A* work look like

3.20 – 3.50pm
Final Presentations: How to Achieve Those Vital Marks

  • How to achieve an exhibition and present work at its best advantage for students of all abilities
  • Top advice and guidance on achieving those vital high marks in Fine Art
  • How to use extracurricular opportunities and trips to enhance knowledge, support progression and secure premium grades.



Mark Coombe