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Subject intent:  

As a department, we intend to enable students to develop an ability to articulate their thoughts and judgements of artists’ and their works, whilst also being respectful and conscious of others differing opinions.  

We intend upon sharing skills and techniques that allow students to express themselves creatively, whilst also learning about resilience and not giving up.

We also intend to prepare children and young people to engage in the historical and contemporary visual arts and become confident audiences, alongside teaching that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.


GCSE Exam board: Edexcel  

GCSE Assessment Method:  

The GCSE is composed of:  

Component 1: Internally set coursework projects (60% of Qualification) 

Component 2: Externally set exam assignment (40% of Qualification)  

The components are covered through the creation of a portfolio of artwork. Students must produce work which adheres to the assessment criteria of:  

  •  Developing ideas through investigations, and demonstrating an understanding of sources (AO1) 
  • Refining their work by exploring ideas, experimenting with materials, techniques and processes (AO2) 
  • Recording their ideas, observations and insights that are relevant to their work as it progresses (AO3) 
  • Presenting a personal and meaningful response / outcome (AO4). 

Level 3/A-level Examination Board: BTEC (Pearson) 

Level 3/A-level Assessment Method: 

 BTEC Extended Certificate (equivalent of 1 A-level):  4 Units – 2 are assessed internally and 2 are assessed externally. Units involve a mixture of practical, contextual and written work. 

BTEC Diploma (equivalent of 2 A-levels): 8 Units –5 are assessed internally and 3 are assessed externally. Units involve a mixture of practical, contextual and written work. 

 Students can respond to the majority of their briefs In which ever medium they wish. Photographic, Art and Fashion units are also on offer. Diploma students are required to respond to a brief that Is outside of their specialism to aide the development of a variety of skills. 

Where Art can take you: 

Art is an invaluable subject to study. With the creative industries growing five times faster than the UK industry average, the potential for future careers is broad and exciting. Film and Television, Make-up artistry and Costume design, or even Art therapy and Illustration, the opportunities are truly endless. A qualification in art supports you in developing your creativity and ability to connect with people and visually communicate your ideas. Studying Art also helps to develop your confidence in your work, and an ability to reflect and evaluate it, looking for ways to improve. Art encourages you to not take the first answer to a question, but to look for inventive ways to problem solve, making it a very valuable subject to study.