Key Stage 4 Pathways

Art & Design

If you choose to study GCSE Art and Design you will explore a range of practical activities and respond in a personal way to different themes.

You will experiment with a range of media including clay, printmaking, collage, textiles, painting and drawing, enabling you to develop confidence with your skills.

You will continue to develop your critical thinking in response to a range of artists.

This course will suit you if you:

  • Like to use different materials and processes to develop your visual skills;
  • Are creative, enthusiastic and imaginative;
  • Are willing to experiment and to take risks when trying out new ideas;
  • Are able to work independently and like to visit art galleries and museums to make your work more informed and interesting;
  • Like communicating your ideas, opinions and addressing issues;
  • Enjoy creating artwork in your own time.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1(8202/C): A portfolio (non-examined assessment 60%) that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

Unit 2 (8202/X): AQA set task (project examination 40%) You will have a number of weeks to produce preliminary studies for your examination, based on the starting point set by the board. You will create your final piece in a 10hr examination.

What could my next steps be?

Students who achieve a good grade at GCSE would be well prepared to study A-Level or Level 3 BTEC courses. Careers opportunities are vast: architecture, animation, illustration, product design, fashion, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, visual media, graphics, sculptor, painter, game design, fine artist, curator and many more. Employers of many businesses are favouring people with creative skills!

Mrs Morland (Head of Art) -