Art & Design

Art aims to develop students’ creative and imaginative ability from Year 7 up to Year 11; equipping students with the practical skills for communicating and expressing ideas, feelings and meanings in are, craft and design.

Students will investigate and research art, craft and design in different times, contexts and societies.  This will be integrated into practical experimentation and interpretation of materials, process and techniques.


In Years 7 and 8 projects will last a term or half term and in each year, drawing, painting, printmaking, craft, design and three dimensional work will be visited at least once.  Students will receive homework every fortnight with extra extension work given most weeks for students who are keen to do more.

We look at a range of different artists and art movements including…. Art movements – Impressionism, Pop art and Surrealism. Artists include – Samuel Palmer, Yinka Shonibare, Dali and Kandinsky.

KS3 Teaching Schedule – Art

Year 7 Life witout levels overview Art

Year 8 Life witout levels overview Art


Subject Name Syllabus Examination Board
Art and Design (Fine Art) 42021 AQA
GCSE Art and Design 42022 AQA


GCSE Art and Design syllabus requires students to complete coursework that equals 60% and a Terminal Exam that equals 40% of the final GCSE grade.  During the course, the students will investigate and research art, craft and design in different times, contexts and societies. This will be integrated into practical experimentation and interpretation of materials, processes and techniques.

Why this subject is important?

Art aims to develop students’ creative and imaginative ability. It enables students to reflect on their experiences and give them the opportunity to express their views, opinions, and judgements on the world around them.

What skills will I use?

The first year of the GCSE course is focussed on building on practical skills such as drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpting etc. Throughout Year 10 students are given increased freedom to interpret ideas and outcomes in a personal way, making their learning increasingly independent. Whilst students’ individual ideas and preferences are encouraged, support and help is given throughout the course. By Year 11 students’ projects are more individual and for their mock and final exam they will decide their own final outcome based on a set theme.

Art History is not a part of the GCSE Art and Design course and whilst students are not required to write essays or write the history of artists they will be taught how to analyse their own work and the work of other artists.

What are the coursework requirements and when must it be completed?

Coursework in Art GCSE is made up from the classwork and homework completed in Year 10 and Year 11. The final deadline for all the work is in May of Year 11 there are also intermediate deadlines for coursework in February and students must keep up to date with homework tasks throughout the course.

How will the final grade be awarded?

The final grade is made up of the students’ coursework grades combined with their final exam grades (weighted 60% coursework, 40% exam work). The coursework is selected from classwork and homework which students complete over their 2 year exam course.

The final exam is made up of 11 weeks preparation time on a set topic or theme set by the exam board, in which students make artwork, collect resources, research artists and plan what they are going to make in the timed part of the exam and the timed exam itself. The timed part of the exam is 10 hours over two days.

Both components will be marked using the same assessment objectives which will be made clear to the students throughout the course.

Any extra-curricular activities?

Students are encouraged to participate in gathering as much information, resources and ideas outside of school to influence their artwork and to make their ideas richer. They are encouraged to visit art galleries and museums in their own time and there will be at least one trip organised in school time to help students prepare for the final exam.
Students are also encouraged to attend art clubs which take place and after school in the art department. They can use the club time to complete classwork or homework, catch up on work they have missed, refine work and to pursue their own personal projects if they wish.

Progression – careers and further study

The department prides itself on promoting and developing the learning of all students. The department has links with various sixth form colleges which offer A-level art as well as other art vocational courses. Art is a practical subject whose value goes beyond draftsmanship and technique. Whether or not students wish to follow GCSEs with an art based career, art provides a platform for students’ self-expression, personal learning and creativity. It also improves students’ self-confidence, enterprise skills, independence and teamwork.

If you need further advice, who do you speak to?

Any Art Teacher or the Head of department.