Creative Arts


AQA GCSE Art & Design

Course Structure

There are 2 components to the course.

A controlled coursework unit of work which covers the four assessment objectives carried out over 45 hours and an externally assessed exam unit.

Throughout each unit you will be assessed against:

·         The ability to develop ideas through investigation informed by art historical, multicultural and contemporary art, showing understanding and meaning.

·         The ability to refine and develop ideas through experimenting with and selecting materials, media and techniques.

·         The ability to record ideas, observations and insights relevant to the visual elements and other forms.

·         The ability to present a personal, informed and meaningful response making connections between visual or written ideas and their presented work.


40% External Examination 60% Controlled Assessment

Additional opportunities

The controlled coursework starts with an educational visit to a UK gallery. There are lots of opportunities to develop personal ideas and themes.

Skills Developed

You will have the opportunity to develop a range of useful skills including IT, digital manipulation, photography and textiles.

Progression Routes

GCSE Art prepares you for a range of further study, particularly where the exploration and passion for aspects of Art is important. Further study might include A Level Art, Photography or Textiles. There are also links with Derby University at this level.

For more information

Miss K Lea (Head of Art) or your own Art teacher.

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