Years 10-11

Art & Design

GCSE Art and Design

This is a broad course in which students can explore and develop ideas through 2 or more of the endorsements.  These endorsements are: fine art, graphics, textiles, photography and 3-dimensional studies.

Candidates will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two and/or three-dimensional media, techniques and processes including both traditional and new technologies.

 They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities (including analysis of artworks) which demonstrate the candidates' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

The students at Acklam Grange have access to painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, glass making and mixed media 2D and 3D materials.

They will complete projects which include drawing painting and recording in a variety of media (including photography), researching and analysing artworks, developing their ideas and experimenting with a wide range of techniques through experimentation such as printmaking and ceramics. Through these processes they are required to develop their own personal responses and produce final outcomes.

Students are required to regularly complete and develop tasks as homework in order to meet the criteria.

Candidates will be aware of the four assessment objectives

Candidates will explore drawing for different purposes and needs.

Candidates will use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work.

The candidate's portfolio must include more than one extended collection of work or project selected from work undertaken during the candidate's course of study.

Skills and Techniques

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen areas of study within Art, Craft and Design:

  • Making appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form.
  • Using different approaches to recording images, such as observation (including photography), analysis, expression and imagination.
  • Showing in their work an understanding of the conventions of representational and abstract/non-representational imagery and genres.
  • Investigating different ways of working, as appropriate to their chosen areas of study within art, craft and design.
  • Providing evidence of an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale and structure.
  • Providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.

Assessment overview:

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Controlled assessment – set by the centre

60% of the total marks 

Internally assessed and externally moderated

Students will select and present materials which exemplify work carried out during their course of study.

The total portfolio submission will comprise approximately 45 hours of work.

The portfolio of work must include more than one project.


40% of the total marks

Internally assessed and externally moderated

Question papers will be externally set with a choice of inspiring starting points.

Question papers can be issued to students from 1 January in the year of the examination.

Pupils research artists, record from observation, develop ideas and experiment with techniques and materials

10 hour examination for pupils to complete final pieces after preparation work is completed. All work including, preparatory studies, is assessed.


With this qualification students can go on to take further education courses at AS A2 level, GCSE and BTEC courses at colleges and degrees in the Arts at University. The student can progress to careers in Media, Fashion, Textiles, Design, Photography, Animation, Web and Games Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Architecture, Teaching, Art and many more.