Art and Design

Art is enjoyed as a compulsory subject in Years 7 and 8 with a large number of students selecting this creative pursuit for their GCSE option and A Level.


Subject overview

Year 7 and 8

During KS3 we are developing skills that may be taken forward into GCSEs. We study colour, still life, portraiture and landscape. Each project has an element of artist research and a final piece. In order to develop hand-eye coordination and the use of tone to create 3D form we organise a drawing test at the beginning of each seasonal term.


Years 9 – 11

We use the AQA exam board for GCSE. Students study various artists throughout the topic headings of abstract, still life and portraiture, covering many media and techniques in order to feel confident by the time they are sitting their exam in Year 11.

All work completed in and out of sketchbooks is classed as coursework with a final externally set assignment in the May of year 11.  This ESA is 10 hours over two days and is 40% of overall mark. 


Year 12 and 13

Our A Level exam board is Pearson (Edexcel). The main format of the course is similar to the GCSE with an added written element of a personal study. Students have a broad theme to work from and are guided through their own personal investigation researching artists and their techniques. This is a two year course with an exhibition of work at the end of Year 12 and Year 13.  Coursework is selected from all work completed in year 12 and 13 both in sketchbook format and large scale.  The externally set assignment in May of year 13 is 15 hours over three days.


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