Art and Design GCSE


Art and Design gives pupils the opportunity to develop and extend their creative and technical skills. Through experimentation with a range of traditional and digital media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and ceramics, pupils explore and investigate the visual world. Pupils are able to express their individuality through sketchbook research and the development of high quality final responses.

The cultural and creative sectors are some of the UK’s most successful industries and are set to be of central importance to the country’s future economic well-being. Art and Design develops the visual awareness required, as well as the transferable skills of creativity, innovation, problem-solving, adaptability and resilience which will be required in the jobs market of the 21st century.

Units of study

Component 1: Portfolio (60%)

Project 1: (September-January)

This is a comprehensive project providing a structured introduction to the course requirements, enabling pupils to explore and develop confidence across a range of media.

Project 2: Experimentation (February-April)

A series of teacher-led workshops allowing pupils to further develop and refine their skills and experience in printmaking, ceramics and photography.

Project 3: Extended Personal Investigation: (May-December)

A sustained project where pupils are given the opportunity to develop work on a theme of their choice. Starting with sketchbook research, pupils go on to develop their own ideas leading to a resolved and ambitious final response.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%) (January-May)

Pupils choose and explore a theme from the AQA question paper, which they produce over 12 weeks. The final piece is completed over 10 hours under supervised examination conditions.