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Art KS4


GCSE Art and Design provides the opportunity for students to:

  • Explore contemporary and historical sources of art
  • Take an individual approach to their art, craft and design making
  • Develop a skill of selecting the best and most appropriate work for presentation
  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • Analyse critically their own work and that of others


Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • 3 projects over the year learning how to handle media, techniques, how to respond to artists and evaluate work.
  • Exam style projects covering the four assessment criteria
  • Coursework project where students are set a theme then they are able to choose their own project within it. The exam is set by the exam board in February.


Key assessment:

In Years 9 and 10 students will be assessed regularly using ongoing assessment during lessons, GCSE examination-style tasks as well as through homework. There will be at least two formal assessment points during the year where the students will be tested in the four skill areas of responding to artists, development of ideas, recording of visual information and final outcomes. Towards the end of Year 10, students start their art coursework which accounts for 60% of their final GCSE grade. They will sit a mock examination in the autumn term which forms part of their coursework. In February the students will receive their art exam paper and have approximately 8 weeks to prepare a sketchbook and plan a final response to make during a 10 hour exam, this accounts for the remaining 40% of their GCSE grade.

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