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Art & Design

Head of Department: Miss Coyle
GCSE Exam Board: AQA

Intent Statement

Luke 1:37

‘For nothing will be impossible with God.’ 

God is the source of creativity since He is the Creator. We all have some level of creativity because we are all built in the image of God, whether we are painters, seamstresses, designers, musicians, or anything else. Our qualities and endowments are one-of-a-kinds, and they mirror an equally exceptional God. By utilising and developing our God given gifts, nothing is impossible with God.

We strive for our students to access a broad and balanced curriculum which allows them to experience success by developing their skills and confidence as creatives. We aim to increase participation and promote excellence and personal empowerment. We engage our learners through a curriculum relevant to them and the modern world whilst also enriching their experience with historical art. We want to develop unique gifts through extended opportunities and artistic freedom.
Engagement with the Arts helps young people develop a sense of their own identity and value. Promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of our students. As artists the curriculum must be diverse. Arts and cultural learning encourage awareness, empathy and appreciation of difference and diversity and the views of others.
Our curriculum produces creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work, ready for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life. As a result of pupils accessing key skills and knowledge from the National Curriculum, we give the next generation of artists, designers, engineers, creators and cultural leaders the opportunity to develop the imagination and skills that are vital to our future.
We create Art champions who realise the value of the subject and their own importance as future producers of culture. They can think creatively and innovatively, becoming critical thinkers with and the ability to interpret the world around us. Pupils can work both independently and collaboratively demonstrating determination and resilience. Importantly, pupils are confident to express their own ideas and creativity with a sense of individual identity.

Literacy is prominent through oral literacy within Art, pupils discuss ideas about their own artwork, peers, and the work of artists. These skills are supported through critical studies with subject specific vocabulary lists linked to each project. Annotation is embedded throughout the Key Stages. Visual literacy is evidenced through outcomes and students’ ability to articulate their understanding through art, oracy or within writing.

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Miss Coyle (Head of Department)
Ms McKeeney
KS4 Course Outline

GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed) General description / Suitability: Unendorsed means a general art course covering a variety of different art experiences. Students must produce course work in at least 2 –3 different areas of art. Usually these are Drawing, Painting and other 2D work, Graphic Design, and Sculpture/ 3D work.

This non-specialised course will suit students of all abilities.

Course Structure:

Students will produce course work throughout Y9 – Y 11.

The minimum amount of work is 2 assignments and the maximum is 4 assignments. A vital part of the course is the work students do in their preparatory work to support the finished art work. These have to be well presented and well kept.

Students will also be expected to study a wide range of art works by different artists and makers from different times, places and cultures. This research is very important as it will influence the practical work.


Unit 1 Portfolio of work 96 marks
Controlled Assessment – set and marked by centre and moderated by AQA.
Candidate portfolio selected from work undertaken during course of study and must
include more than one project.
Coursework 60% of final mark

Unit 2 Externally set task 96 marks
Question papers issued from 1 January. Marked by centre and moderated by AQA.
Unlimited preparation time. 10 hours of sustained focused study.
Candidates respond to their chosen starting point. Easter Exam 40% of final mark

Higher Education Courses/Careers

Sixth Form: GCE, Diploma, Foundation Certificate in a wide range of disciplines.

Art can be studied with a wide variety of other subjects at University.

Art GCSE allows students to access a multitude of careers opportunities ranging from Artist to Teacher of Art, Set Designer, Fashion Designer and so on.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

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