Art & Design (KS4)


Examination Board: AQA ART & DESIGN: FINE ART 8202

Course Description:

Y10 Art students will develop Component 1: A Personal Coursework Portfolio, through exploring the areas of painting & drawing, mixed media, 3D and critical studies during an Autumn term Foundation course. They will respond to a theme such as Surfaces.  Work produced during the Foundation course will then lead into a personal project that is produced during the remainder of Y10 and the Autumn term of Y11. Students will learn how to develop and explore their creative ideas, producing sustained outcomes using materials of their choice. This project is inspired by a visit to the V&A Museum in September.

During Year 11 students will complete their development work and sustained outcomes for their Component 1 coursework project. They may then have the opportunity to develop an extended investigation.  Component 2: the externally set assignment, is set at the start of the Spring term and the creation of the sustained outcome takes place at the end of April in supervised, exam conditions. Students will visit a gallery at the start of the exam project to inspire their ideas for their selected starting point. This is a real opportunity for students to develop their growing individual art interests.

Everything about this exciting course is intended to allow students to continue with a subject which they already enjoy and to provide them with new challenges.



Component 1: Personal Coursework Portfolio. Students produce two projects during the course based on school set themes. This accounts for 60% of the qualification.


Component 2: the Externally Set Assignment. Students select one question from the exam paper written by AQA. They develop a project based on this question theme for roughly 12 school weeks. A final outcome is then created during a 2 day 10 hour exam. This accounts for 40% of the qualification.


Why Study Art at GCSE?


You will be given many opportunities during the course to explore a wide range of materials, process, ideas, and artists and to create your own personal response to the world around you.

So many creative people are successful in many different walks of life. Creativity isn’t only about pursuing artistic interests; it can also open the door to exciting career opportunities. GCSE Art develops so many transferable skills including problem solving, project planning, working independently, presenting and organising.

Further information on Art & Design can be obtained from Mrs Nicholls, Head of Art.