GCSE Art & Design

From September 2012 we are introducing AQA GCSE Art and Design.

The course incorporates 2 units of work. In Year 10 students create a portfolio of work. There are 4 assessment objectives that are integral to both units.

GCSE Art and Design is made up of two parts, portfolio work that is completed in class and an externally set assignment which is delivered in year 11. This assignment takes form as a 10 hour exam over two days (5 hours per day). Students will be given preparation time to enable them to meet the exams requirements.

Students will be taught refinement and advancement of their prior knowledge of different movements that will enable students to produce a wider range of work in different styles using new skills acquired.

In Year 11 the students will be expected to work with greater independence, on their chosen project work, externally set. Students will need to have worked independently to create a final piece in the 10 hour exam.

In the Art Department we offer a ‘Twilight’ sessions after school for all KS4 and 5 students, in order they might catch up with any work outstanding.


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Students are given an opportunity to record a variety of observations and ideas. This artwork will reflect a journey of ideas and research undertaken linked to the assessment objectives. Students will find a context to their work related to a series of themes that they can explore. Students are expected to experiment with a wide variety of media and constantly refine and modify their work. Their home learning work journals are seen as an opportunity for work to be undertaken independently.


Students are offered opportunities to explore the work of artists and crafts people from around the world, both historically and contemporary.

From this research ideas can be explored, refined and modified to meet the four assessment objectives linked to G.C.S.E. Art and Design. Annotation and analysis are expected to be the students’ own ideas – reflecting a clear understanding of the work being covered. Home – learning will be a continuous process throughout the two year course. Tasks will be set on a weekly basis, and be assessed and graded regularly.


Students will be able to refine and modify their final ideas to produce a series of pieces towards the annual exhibition held in the main school hall. This exhibition will include home- learning journals as well as selections made from portfolios of students work.



Students will be given an opportunity to work through an old exam paper to become familiar with the exam process.

Starting points such as spider diagrams and pointers as to how a theme might be handled are undertaken. Students will be expected to produce ideas beyond the obvious in order that examiners are see ideas they may have not predicted.


Students are given a selection of ideas and themes that they will need to explore independently.

Preparation time is offered and students will be expected to use their work journals to contribute to their final piece.

The exam is undertaken over 2 days and initially marked and graded internally.


Moderators are invited into school to assess the marking.


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