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Subject Information
Head of Creative Arts:
Mrs S Banks
Exam Board:
AQA GCSE Art & Design
Curriculum Content

GCSE Art and Design

Examining body: AQA

About the Course

Pupils will follow a broadly based Art & Design course and requires work to be exhibited from two or more of the following areas:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Graphics
  • Textiles
  • Three Dimensional Studies (Pottery Modelling)
  • Digital Art
  • Animation
  • Photography

At the end of the course you will prepare a selection of your best work for assessment.

Next you will prepare over 10 weeks for your Art exam which will be completed in ten hours of supervised time.  Most candidates do very well  in this externally assessed assignment.

If you have ability, are keen and willing to work hard, join us in the Art & Design Department.  We are sure you will enjoy the experience and gain satisfaction and pleasure from your final exhibition of work.

In addition to gaining a good grade at the end of the course we very much hope that you will enjoy and benefit from the experience, the sense of  adventure and a deepening understanding of art and  artists past and present.  Finally, and perhaps more importantly, you will be encouraged to look at and question your own environment.


The final exhibition of your work will be marked as


Portfolio of work     60% of total marks

Externally Set Task  40% – one assignment to be completed in ten hours of supervised time.

Progression routes for GCSE Art

  • A Level Art & Design, Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, Textiles.
  • BTEC qualifications in General Art and Design
  • Level 2/3 Art, Design and Media, Games, Design and Animation, Graphic Design, Photography, Creative and Media.
  • Career in Graphic design, fashion design, interior design, product design, games design, photography, architecture, animator, education, book designer, ceramicist, fashion journalism, film/documentary maker, fine artist, illustrator, sculptor, set design, web design, 3 D modeller, Story boarder, TV design.
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