GCSE Art & Design

The new syllabus has allowed us to restructure the course. In year 10 pupils are divided into three groups and rotated on a termly basis through intensive skill-based projects in Painting and Drawing, Printmaking and Photography enabling the art staff to teach to their specialism. This work is internally assessed and exhibited. For the Autumn term of year 11 one coursework project lasting 45 hrs is undertaken in media of the pupil’s choosing based on an internally set theme. An exam project is externally set in the Spring term with six weeks preparation time and culminating in a 10hr controlled test where the final piece is produced. These two projects are assessed and externally moderated  forming the GCSE grade.

Throughout the course the pupils are encouraged to explore their own ideas and interpretations as much as possible whilst appreciating and analysing other cultures and other artists' work. There is a strong emphasis on developing students' imaginations and creative problem-solving skills. Well maintained sketchbooks documenting this development are just as essential for success as a completed final piece. Each candidate is provided with an Art kit box (max. £30 additional cost) allowing them to continue with their practice outside of lessons. Prep allocation is 80 minutes per week. Coursework represents 60% and the exam project 40%. To read the full course guide click here.

Exam Board:

AQA (link)

Teaching staff: