Key Stage







Valid for

2018 - 2019






Performing and Creative Arts

Course Content & Assessment

During the course of the year we offer the possibility of artists in residence, courses outside of school and links with local galleries, artists and photographers. We also work with Ferndown Upper School our link school, where figure drawing for KS5 has been advantageous.
The Art department offer an open-house policy for out of school classes 3.15 – 4.30pm, inviting all year groups to use our facilities and develop their work and skills further.

Students experience a broad based course within the endorsed AQA Fine Art paper, however our experienced staff have the versatility to adapt to students’ interests and skills to most AQA endorsed papers. Although students develop their coursework through structured experiences of skills, observational work and research we also aim to develop individualised, personalised learning as a key part of their experience. Students can expect to attend two visits to galleries and museums and attend extra curricular classes during the course.

GCSE Art provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature. This two component specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.
Students will focus upon developing their own visual language as well as the thinking skills required for research. They are encouraged to work in a variety of areas including drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, mixed media, textiles, sculpture and Photoshop as well as digital and dark room photography.
The course will suit students who are creative, enthusiastic, hardworking and imaginative, who have demonstrated a good ability to record from observation using a variety of different materials and processes. Those who are willing to experiment and to take risks when experimenting with ideas and who like communicating ideas, opinions and addressing issues are also well suited to this GCSE.
Students will need to purchase an A3 sketchbook at the start of the course and are encouraged to equip themselves with art essentials such as pencils and watercolour sets which are all available from the LRC.

Component 1 – Portfolio – 60%
Over the two years students complete a Coursework Portfolio, which includes both large scale and sketchbook work. Students complete personal projects on themes such as ‘Growth & Decay’ & ‘Identity’.
Component 2 – Externally Set Task – 40%
In Year 11 students complete an Externally Set Task, which consists of an eight-week planning and preparation period followed by a 10-hour exam.
All worked is marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.

I chose art because not only is it a subject that is enjoyable and fun, it introduces you to many new skills and opportunities. You will be taught how to use and become confident with different mediums and techniques as well as developing your own unique art styles and pieces of art work. I have really enjoyed my art course so far because it has made me become more confident about my art and I can feel proud about the work that I have produced
Mollie Hatcher – York House

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Art.
A portfolio of work and interview process may be used to support applications, particularly if demand for the subject is high or if the subject criteria is not met.