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GCSE Art & Design Course

GCSE Art and Design offers an inspiring programme of study, which will challenge students to refine and develop practical art skills, understanding of visual imagery and creative thinking. Students will have 3 lessons per week over the duration of the three years and the course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% final exam.

Students will cover different projects per year, which will include a combination of research, recording/drawing, artist study, development and final pieces. The projects enable students to work within the parameters of a given topic and set of criteria but also to develop an individual style and/or direction.

Students are assessed throughout the course to support and guide their development. They will receive a mixture of group critiques and individual tutorials/feedback. Students will be marked according to formal GCSE grades and effort levels:

  • 9
  • 8 - Fluent ability and exceptional work
  • 7 – Fluent ability and outstanding work
  • 6 – Confident ability and very good work
  • 5
  • 4 – Competent ability and good work
  • 3 – Basic ability and basic work
  • 2 – Limited ability and limited work

Please follow the link for more detail on the Edexcel specification at GCSE:

Year 9
  • Project: Specialist Techniques: Nature and Still Life
Year 10
  • Project: Individuals and their Environments
Year 11
  • Project 1: Individuals and their Environments & Mock exam
  • Project 2: Themes provided by the Exam Board
  • Final Exam and preparation

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