Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 all work is based on the national curriculum and delivered in the form of projects. These are a wide range of themes suitable for each year group and based on building a broad experience of skills within Art and Design. Schemes of learning are written to incorporate a wide range of techniques that prepare students for further study at GCSE. We have a broad and balanced range of opportunities aimed to encourage all students to find a medium in which to gain creative and personal success.
Project themes in year 7 include: Formal Elements where students learn the principles of drawing and the colour wheel, Pop art and Still Life
Project themes in year 8 include: Portraits and an extended GCSE style project called Popular Culture. This project is taught in the same manner as the GCSE course to enable students to learn what the GCSE course requires and to develop their skills in preparation for the GCSE course.
Key Stage 4
In years 9 – 11 students follow the Edexcel GCSE Art & Design syllabus. Coursework over the three years is worth 60% of the final grade. Students are provided with an overall theme for each project and then go onto selecting artists they wish to study. By offering the students choice they are able to sample materials, techniques and processes that truly interest them. Previous themes have included viewpoints, textures and surfaces and beginning and end. The external Examination in Year 11 takes place over ten weeks of preparatory work and results in a ten hour practical exam which is worth 40% of their GCSE grade. Students are set an assessed task each term and are required to complete weekly homework tasks throughout the course.
Key stage 5
Sixth Form students select from the available Edexcel Btec Awards in Year 12; Extended Certificate (worth one A level) and the Extended Diploma (worth 3 A levels) Students are able to choose from Fine Art, Photography or Fashion for the Extended Certificate or take all three subjects for the Extended Diploma. Students are offered a wide range of workshops including Life Drawing and Printmaking in Fine Art, Darkroom and Photoshop in Photography, finally Fashion Illustration and Pattern Design in Fashion. At the end of each year students are given the opportunity to display their work in the MCA6 Art Exhibition,
These qualifications are a combination of internal and external assignments:
Extended Certificate which is equivalent to 1 A level. This course consists of 4 units that are studied over the 2 year
programme. Two units are assignments written by the course teachers and marked internally and then moderated. Two of the units are externally set and marked externally. One of the external; units is a written task.
The Extended Diploma which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This course consists of 12 units that are studied over the 2 year programme. Eight units are
assignments written by the course teachers and marked internally and then moderated. Four of the units are externally set and marked externally. Some external units are written tasks.