GCSE Art & Design

The new syllabus allows us to structure the course to the individual from the beginning of the two year course. Early in year 10 pupils are introduced to the Coursework theme and then skill-based related projects in Painting and Drawing, Printmaking and Photography enabling all the art staff to teach a broad range of techniques tailored to the ideas of each student. This work is internally assessed as it progresses and regular written and verbal feedback given to inform progress.

For those students taking GCSE Photography the basic skills in Darkroom and Digital processing are covered within the theme and individual ideas produced by the students as for Fine Art.

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In Year 11 during the Autumn Term of year 11 the coursework project undertaken in Year 10 in media of the pupil’s choosing is completed. An exam project is externally set immediately at the start of the Spring Term with six weeks preparation time, culminating in a 10hr controlled test where the final piece is produced. These two projects are assessed and externally moderated forming the GCSE grade.

  • Coursework Project = 60% of the final GCSE Grade
  • Controlled Examination = 40% of the final GCSE Grade

GCSE courseworkThroughout 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 essential Art kit (£30 approx.) allowing them to continue with their practice outside of lessons. Prep allocation is approx. 100 minutes per week and candidate will be expected to produce a minimum of 3 x A3 pages of completed coursework per week. To read the full course guide see the link below. There is a small termly charge for materials from which full Art Scholars are exempt.

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Exam Board

AQA (link)

Teaching staff

GAW and TEG (Fine Art); KDWI (Photography)


2016/17: 100% A* to C