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Time Allocation: Art and Design is a GCSE option choice; therefore, during KS4, 2 hours per week are allocated to its study. 

Exam Board: Edexcel 

Course Content: The Art and Design course enables students to develop their creative ability using media they are both familiar and unfamiliar with. They will learn how to investigate through observation, analysis and experimentation; express and record personal ideas by developing skills using two and/or three dimensional materials; develop initial ideas using a variety of media and personal links to produce a final realisation; understand the work of different artists and artistic movements and techniques and relate it to their work 

Over the course of Year 9 and Year 10, students have the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of media and to expand their skills base in painting, drawing, collage printing, sculpture, mixed media, computer-generated packages and photography. Based on the competencies they have developed, students will be in a position to work on their final GCSE assessment pieces during Year 11. 

A summary outline of the course is as follows: 

Component 1: Personal Portfolio – worth 60% of final grade. Consists of the Surfaces and Identity Units. 

Component 2: ESA (10 hour examination). Title set by exam board. 20 hours of personal preparation. – Worth 40% of final grade. 

Course structure 

Year 9

Autumn Term 
( First half) 



Unit 1: 


An intensive introduction to the course. 

Structured teaching of the Formal elements/visual language. 

  • Students to learn to review & analyse on going progress. 

  • Develop skills in the use of media. 

  • Learn to generate & develop ideas 

  • Make use of Contextual sources through gallery visits/ listing sources, i.e. websites. 

  • Ensure focus on learning & understanding the assessment objectives, essential for development. 

  • ELEMENTS: 3D Ceramics 

  • Sketchbook work & working outside of book. 

  • Visit to The British Museum to gather research & inspire. 

  • Address assessment objectives A01, 2& 3 

Interim Evaluation 

  • Peer/self-assess assessment( fill in formal sheet) 

  • Teacher interim assessment. 

  • Learning the use of critical vocabulary & reviewing progress. 

  • Students to become aware of areas/skills they need to build on in the second half term. 

  • Learning how to assess own work & that of peers in a constructive manner. 

Autumn Term 

( second half) 

  • Developing ideas (AO1) around the theme of surfaces. 

  • Learn how to make artists links from Gallery visit before the half term break. 

  •  Models/ plans 

  • Addressing  A02 and 3  

Interim assessment 

  • Peer/self-assess assessment (fill in formal sheet) 

  • Teacher interim assessment. 

  • Reviewing progress. 


Spring Term 

Mock exam 

(to be part of cwk) 

  • Students developing ideas and to follow the project brief with deadlines given. 

  • Controlled assessment of 10 hours of undirected work. 

  • Students to assess & evaluate final piece. 

  • Teacher assessment & targets given. 

  • Controlled assessment of a 5 hour final piece. 

  • Address- A04 

Summer Term 

  • Students use traditional and experimental drawing techniques to support their sketchbook work 

  • Make links to other cultures. 

  • Students set holiday activities. 

  • Sourcing primary & contextual references. 

  • Recording & analysing reference material  

Year 10 

Identity Unit 

Autumn term 


  • To make students aware course criteria 

  • To develop skills using the formal elements in a variety of media. 

  •  To enable students to develop personal responses to the theme. 

  • To develop skills in analysing in written & visual form the work of others. 

  • To teach pupils the importance of self/peer assessment. ( Use of exam board terminology) 


  • Individual & group work. 


  • Formal elements. 

  • Painting 

  • Mixed media. 

  • Photography 

Spring Term 

January Mock Examinations. 

  • Peer/self-assess assessment 

  • Teacher assessment. 

  • reviewing progress & target setting 

  • Mock Controlled assessment of 10 hours of unaided work. 


Summer Term 

  • Review of attainment and target setting 

  • Individual tutorials 

  • Review of attainment and target setting 

  • Individual tutorials 

  • Self-initiated development and refinement of work. (written and practical) 

Year 11 

Autumn Term 

  • Students should now be ready to adopt a more personal approach and should be able to refine personal outcomes. Identity and Surfaces projects to be improved. 

  • Visit to The Tate Gallery 

  • Producing a 3D outcome 


  • Mock exam preparation. 

  • Task sheet with A0’s & deadlines given 

  • Selecting, developing and refining personal ideas for their outcome 

Spring term 

January Mock Examinations. 

  • Peer/self-assess assessment 

  • Teacher assessment. 

  • reviewing progress & target setting 

  • Mock Controlled assessment of 10 hours of unaided work. 

  • A04 

Component 2: ESA (Exam) 

Spring/ Summer term 

February – April 

Final Examination set in April. 

Externally set assignment in Art & Design 

  • Approximately 20 hours for preparatory studies. 

  • Students should take increasing responsibility for their work and to work more independently. 

  • 10 hours of timed focus work. 

  • All A0’s addressed. 

  • Internally/Externally moderated. 

Formative Assessment: 

Homework is set each week and can be found on Class Charts. Target-setting, based on these assessments, takes place every three weeks. Progress towards these targets is monitored closely by both students and teachers. Support pathways for both practical and written work are developed to meet individual student need and ambition. 

Summative Assessment: 

Component 1 (60%) is a Controlled Assessment which is similar to traditional coursework. It consists of 2 equally weighted projects, ‘Surfaces’ (Year 9 ceramics) and ‘Identity (Year 10 painting). A minimum of 45 hours of work needs to be produced as well as a final substantial outcome for each project. 

Component 2 (40%) is the Examination piece, the title for which is set by the exam board each year. The title is available in January of Year 11 and from this point onwards, lesson time will be dedicated to preparing for this exam. A minimum of 20 hours needs to be spent on this preparation. The actual exam takes place at the end of Year 11 and will last 10 hours, split equally over two days. 


Why you should consider studying Art & Design: 

Studying Art and Design GCSE enables students to develop their creative ability in an innovating and imaginative department. Students will also expand their skill base in painting, drawing, collage printing, sculpture, mixed media, computer-generated packages and photography. Students will learn how to: 

  • Investigate possibilities through observation, analysis and experimentation; 

  • Express and record personal ideas by developing skills in using two and/or three-dimensional materials; 

  • Understand the world of art, craft and design and relate to their work; 

  • Present their work to its best advantage. 

What skills profile a GCSE Art and Design student should have: 

  • Not be afraid to expose their creative ability 

  • Be prepared develop their skills using a variety of different media i.e. collage, Photoshop, and to use these in their work 

  • Be interested in the work of different artists and art movements and to be willing to incorporate these into their own work 

What opportunities a GCSE in Art & Design will lead to: 

If successful at GCSE level there are opportunities to progress to A level and then follow a foundation course in Art and Design which will lead to a degree specialism in The Arts. There are a myriad of career paths one can take having studied art, such as: Architecture; Interior Design, Landscape and Product Design; Photography; Professional Artist; Illustrator; Animator, Carpenter, Computer Aided Designer and Advertising. 

Famous Artists include: Kehinde Whiley , Michael Craig Martin, Leonardo Da Vinci and Zaha Hadid. 

For more information, contact Ms Premji and Ms Foster.