Art and Design GCSE, Edexcel

GCSE Art and Design is fun and exciting and quite different from other subjects, it allows students to be creative and think in different ways. The course provides a good balance for students alongside more academic subjects.  We offer the Edexcel Art, Craft and Design GCSE course; its broad-based option allows the most flexibility in the choice of media and covers a wide range of art, craft and design. This is a two-year course encouraging an adventurous and enquiring approach.

The course starts with a structured project that leads the student to his or her own development of ideas and a personal interpretation of their chosen theme. A wide range of media and disciplines can be explored such as drawing, painting, mixed media and print-making. Projects will then progress to textiles, some photography and 3D. Students will choose their second project and explore their own interests in discussion with Mrs Briggs.

The course is flexible to suit individual strengths and interests; previous students have created work in a wide range of exciting media including digital and installation work. Students will explore the work of established artists, designers and craft people both past and present to inspire ideas, and a trip to London galleries is undertaken each year. Individual sketchbook work is an integral part of the course and students are encouraged to create their book as a visual diary. These may be presented in a range of different ways to suit the interests of the student.

Students take a mock exam in year 11 as part of their personal portfolio and a final exam (externally set assignment) is set by Edexcel and released to students in February of Year 11. Students have eight school weeks to prepare their ideas for their final ten-hour practical exam undertaken over two days at the beginning of May in year two. At the end of the two years, students will present and display their work as a final show for moderation.

The coursework - personal portfolio makes 60% of the final marks and the externally set assignment (exam) 40% of the total marks.

Assessment Objectives

The personal portfolio and the externally set assignment must cover all four assessment objectives:

  • AO1 Develop ideas through investigations demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2 Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4 Present a personal, informed and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

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