Art

Year 7

Students in Year 7 receive one hour of art a week with the following aims:

1. To give students confidence and competence in making and understanding in art.
2. To develop practical and intellectual skills.
3. To enhance aesthetic awareness, discrimination, understanding and enjoyment in art in our own and other cultures.
4. To value and constructively judge their own work and the work of others.
5. To develop students’ imaginative and expressive abilities.

Throughout Year 7, students will focus on the building blocks of art (the formal elements) and complete two projects linked to identity: ‘Self Portrait’ and ‘Heraldry’.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 receive one hour of art a week with the following aims:

1. To give students confidence and competence in making and understanding in art.
2. To develop practical and intellectual skills.
3. To enhance aesthetic awareness, discrimination, understanding and enjoyment in art in our own and other cultures.
4. To value and judge constructively their own work and the work of others.
5. To develop students’ imaginative and expressive abilities.

Throughout year 8, students will complete projects on the following topics which build on the skills taught in Year 7 : Jungle, Urban Art, Japanese Pop Art and Culture.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 have two hours of art GCSE a week. During one lesson each week, students will undertake different still life tasks which explore a range of different media and techniques and, where appropriately, linking to artists’ work. In the second lesson, students undertake project work based on ‘Art of Another Culture’ and an issue based theme where they learn to develop their own ideas and outcomes.

GCSE art and design aims to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities. The course aims to enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of art and design; to build creative skills through learning and doing; to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working; and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts in societies and cultures. The course aims to develop students’ skills in time management, organisation and independent working. 

The coursework and homework in Year 9 contributes to the students’ Unit 1 portfolio of work which is worth 60% of their overall GCSE grade.

Year 10

Students in Year 10 have two hours of art GCSE a week. For one lesson a week, students will undertake different still life tasks which explore a range of different media and techniques and, where appropriately, linking to artists’ work.  In the second lesson, students complete outcomes for an issue based theme and start their final extended project   (the personal investigation) where students choose a past examination question as their topic of study which simulates the examination experience and prepares students for the final GCSE examination. 

GCSE art and design aims to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities. The course aims to enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of art and design – to build creative skills through learning and doing; to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working; to develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. The course aims to develop students’ skills in time management, organisation and independent working. 

The coursework and homework in Year 10 contributes to the students’ unit 1 portfolio of work which is worth 60% of their overall GCSE grade.

Year 11

Students in Year 11 receive two hours of art each week within which students complete their personal investigation unit (60% of GCSE) by the end of term 1. In term 2, students undertake the controlled assessment practical task (unit 2) which is externally set by the exam board which accounts for 40% of their final grade. The final outcomes are produced in a 10 hour exam in May. 

GCSE art and design aims to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities. The course aims to enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of art and design – to build creative skills through learning and doing; to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working; and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. The course aims to develop students’ skills in time management, organisation and independent working.

Year 12

Students may choose between two courses in either Art, Craft and Design or Photography. The course aims to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities. 

The course aims to enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design/ Photography – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. The course also aims to develop students’ skills in time management, organisation and independent working as well as giving students the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work that they can show to prospective employers or use to help secure a place in Higher Education.

AS Level Art and Design / Photography is made up of two units:

  1. Unit 1 Coursework portfolio (60% of AS Exam) in which students will explore local environments.
  2. Unit 2 Controlled test which is an externally set practical assignment (40% of AS Exam). The controlled test paper is issued on 1st February.

Students are assessed on their portfolios internally every four weeks using the A level marking framework for AQA. The AS exam can be carried out over one year leading to the A level exam in an additional year.

Year 13

Students may choose between two courses in either Art, Craft and Design or Photography. The course aims to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities. 

The course aims to enable students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design/ Photography – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. 

The course also aims to develop students’ skills in time management, organisation and independent working as well as giving students the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work that they can show to prospective employers or use to help secure a place in Higher Education.

A Level Art and Design / Photography is made up of two units:

  1. Unit 3 Personal Investigation (60% of A level) in which students can explore an extended topic of their choice. A 1000-3000 word supporting statement must be submitted alongside the practical work in this unit.
  2. Unit 4 Controlled Test which is an externally set practical assignment (40% of A level). The Controlled Test paper is issued on 1st February.

Students are assessed on their portfolios internally every four weeks using the A level marking framework for AQA. The A level exam can be carried out over two years in Year 12 and 13 or in one year, following AS in Year 13.