Art - Key Stage 4


Course Details:

GCSE Art and Design aims to increase students’ understanding of Art and develop visual and practical skills across a wide range of media. As well as broadening the knowledge gained in lower school, students will be introduced to new materials and technical skills.  They will become more competent in handling a range of materials and understanding their properties. Some areas of art covered in the GCSE may include painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. Researching artists, designers and cultures is also a very relevant and important part of the course, and a general interest in this area is a definite advantage.

Students will be provided with a good quality sketchbook to present their research and ideas, as well as showcase their skills.



Controlled Assessment Requirement

Unit 1

Portfolio of work 60%

This is made up of classwork projects completed in Years 9, 10 and 11.

There is no written element, although pupils will annotate planning drawings to demonstrate understanding of context.

Examination Requirement

Unit 2

Externally Set Task 40%

In the spring term Year 11 receive an exam paper. This is a practical exam, completed in the classroom. Pupils choose one themed question, and are given approximately 6 weeks to plan and prepare a final outcome, which has to be completed within 10 hours.


Skill Development:

Pupils will:

  • develop ideas and demonstrate analytical and cultural understanding.

  • refine ideas through experimenting and using appropriate materials and processes.

  • record ideas in visual and/or other forms.

  • present a personal, informed and meaningful response.


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