Examination Subject Art and Design
Examination Qualification GCSE
Examination Board Edexcel

Course Content

Art and Design is an exciting creative, visual subject!

You will learn how to develop your

You will experiment a variety of art materials including ink, acrylics, oil & chalk pastels, watercolours, collage, printing inks, wire and modelling materials. You will be given opportunities to work from observation and your imagination. All your small work will be mounted into your ‘Art Sketchbook’. You will be taught how to analyse artists work and use this knowledge to develop your own ideas. You will make big final pieces of work from the plans in your sketchbook. Your big work will be kept in your portfolio.  Your work will be displayed in an exhibition at the end of the course.

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Visits to London galleries will take place in Year 10 and Year 11. There are lots of opportunities to enter competitions and have your work displayed in local exhibitions, restaurants, libraries, theatres and hospitals.

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Assessment of Course

The GCSE course is made up of:

Unit 1 :  Coursework projects worth 60% of your final grade

Unit 2 : Exam  worth 40% of your final grade

Assessment Objectives:

You will be assessed on the following criteria

Coursework details: Unit 1

All students are required to keep a sketchbook for each of their coursework projects.  75 / 100 marks will be awarded for sketchbook work. The sketchbook must contain evidence of:

A final big piece will be awarded 25 /100 marks

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Unit 2 External Exam project will be sent from the exam board and handed to students in February of Year 11. Students will have eight weeks to prepare their sketchbook. Students will have two days to make their final big piece after Easter in Year 11.

Progression from this examination:

Careers Information:

Advertising, Television & Film, Architect, Fashion designer, Graphic artist, Games Designer,  Web Designer, Textile Designer, Interior Designer, Illustrator, Ceramicist, Teaching, Shoe designer, Milliner, Cartographer, Product Designer, Theatre and Stage Designer, Art Therapist, Make-Up Artist, Hair and Beauty, Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Window Dresser, Florist, Furniture Designer and many more.

Further Information:  Please see Mrs Raymond Head of Visual Arts

The 2018 New Specification information and changes for GCSE Art & Design and GCSE Photography can be found at https://qualifications.pearson.com