Year 7

In year 7 Art the students have studied the formal elements of line, tone, colour and form. They have focused on three set units 'Natural Forms, Buildings/Architecture and Non-Western Art. In each of these units, students work in a variety of media on a range of scales and will have studied and responded to the work of others. All students have used ICT within their work and an animation workshop is now part of their basic skills.

Year 8

 In year 8 Art, the students build on the skills from year 7. 'Natural Forms' concentrates on texture, insects and plants resulting in a 3D construction. 'Portrait and the Figure' concentrates on drawing skills, proportion and composition. 'African Art' looks at pattern, masks and storytelling in Art. In each of these units, students looked at and responded to the work of others. All students have used ICT within their work and an animation workshop is now part of their basic skills.

Year 9

In Year 9 Art the students follow a course which builds upon the skills developed in Year 8. They follow more of a project based course which is loosely based on GCSE Art and Design. 'Abstraction' introduces the pupils to a range of mark making and mixed media work, 'Surrealism' focuses on the work of artists and pupils respond to a range of given images. Individual work and experimentation with media and materials is encouraged throughout Year 9.


G.C.S.E. Art & Design (AQA – Art, Craft & Design)

GCSE Art and Design will enable you to:

  • Develop creative skills, through learning to use imaginative and intuitive powers when exploring and creating images and artefacts that are original and of value.

  • Become confident in taking risks and learn from your mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques.

  • Develop competence, with increasing independence, refining and developing your ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions.

  • Work with a broad range of media, materials and techniques, including, when appropriate, traditional and new media and technologies.

  • Develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

  • Develop an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice.

  • Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretive practical, technical and expressive skills.

  • Develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

  • Gain understanding of art, craft and design processes, associated equipment and safe working practices.


Portfolio of evidence (60%)

Externally set task (40%)


Course Structure

The Art and Design course begins with workshops on each of the following: fine art, graphic communication, Textiles/3-D design and photography. Each workshop lasts three weeks during which time you are encouraged to respond creatively to a variety of themes. The workshops will develop your knowledge about each area and will also highlight your strengths and weaknesses.


Unit 1: Art and Design Portfolio (60%)

(Studied from September in Year 10 until January in Year 11)

Assessed by a Portfolio of Evidence.

The portfolio must contain at least two projects which demonstrate an ability to sustain work from initial starting points. Each project must include evidence of research, development of ideas and meaningful links with critical/contextual sources. You will produce practical work based on two or more of the following: Fine Art; Graphic Communication; Textile Design; Three-dimensional Design; Photography.


Unit 2: Art and Design Externally Set Task (40%)

(Studied from February until May in Year 11)

Assessed by externally set task.

The question papers are issued from February of Year 11. You choose one starting point or project brief. This is a practical project in which you prepare, analyse and develop a unit of work which concludes with a ten hour practical examination.