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GCSE Art & Design

Level 2 (9-1)


 What will you be required to study?


During the course you will learn the skills necessary to use a wide range of Materials and equipment to enable you to express thoughts and ideas visually. Amongst the topics you will be studying are: Natural forms, surfaces, organic forms, sea life, carnivals, man-made and natural forms, portrait and identity. You will have to have a commitment to homework and an ability to work on your own initiative to develop ideas.


Course Outline KS4 - GCSE: The Breakdown of Assessment

The coursework/portfolio of work is worth 60% of the final GCSE grade.


This will be made up of 2 projects.

Coursework is marked using 4 assessment objectives.  These focus on the following areas:

Assessment Objective 1 – Developing and Investigating

Assessment Objective 2 – Experimenting

Assessment Objective 3 – Recording

Assessment Objective 4 – Presenting


Students will have an externally set task which is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.  This is marked using the same assessment criteria as the coursework.


What skills will students learn?

Recording experiences and ideas in appropriate forms when undertaking research.  Gathering, selecting and organising visual, tactile and/or sensory materials and other relevant information.  Exploring relevant resources by analysing, discussing and evaluating images, objects and products, making and recording independent judgements in visual and other forms. Generating and exploring potential lines of enquiry using appropriate new media practices and techniques.  Applying knowledge and understanding in making images, artefacts and products; reviewing and modifying work, and planning and developing ideas in the light of their own and others’ evaluations.  Organising, selecting and communicating ideas, solutions and responses, and presenting them in a range of appropriate visual, tactile and/or sensory forms including the use of new technologies.


What are the career prospects?

 Advertising, Window Dressing, Fashion designing, Furniture Production and Design, Illustration, Architecture, Jewellery Design clay (ceramics) products and animation etc. These are just some of the careers which prefer an art qualification.

 There are many opportunities to continue Art and Design Courses in Colleges of Further Education and Universities.