Art is the freedom of the individual, the freedom of expression.  It is not just a subject to learn but one that you can practice with your eyes, your hands and your whole personality.  A language which helps to build a balanced and wider understanding of life.

Photography is taught as a separate course, please see the appropriate page for further information.

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Exam Specifications
GCSE Specification
A Level Specification

Curriculum Pathways & Schemes of Work
KS3 Art Pathway
KS4 Art & Design Pathway

Key Stage 3

The Art and Design course is a practical, stimulating and creative course where you can experience a wide variety of teaching and learning styles. The course is divided into exciting projects, including skills based learning, developing into Portraiture. Second half of Y7 studying sea life, exploring recycled materials.

Year 8 topics include Collections and the theme of Abstraction. Later in Y8 we will look at Architecture and Perspective.

Year 9 themes include Still Life/Cubism, moving onto The Figure.

You will be taught how to use different Art techniques and materials and will learn to be creative with a desire to challenge yourself. We want original and exciting pieces of work so you need to have your eyes open to the potential and beauty in everyday objects.

You will also develop an interest in studying and analysing Art works from a range of sources and in a variety of styles and genres.


Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design is an exciting and challenging hands-on course. You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning styles. The course is divided into manageable and stimulating projects including Landscapes/Architecture in Y10 (photography and printmaking) and Natural Forms (drawing, painting and sculpture).

In Year 11, students sit a mock exam with a range of starting points to choose from, ending with a 10-hour controlled assessment. The GCSE exam is an externally set assignment which begins in January.



Sixth Form

Students will be expected to have achieved a good pass grade (4 or above) in GCSE Art.

A Level Art  is a two year course divided into Year one and Year Two.

Year One divided into two Units.  Unit 1 – Growth and Decay (Portfolio) and Unit 2 – Exam project, each worth 50%.

The Portfolio unit offers students the chance to experiment with a wide range of materials and processes.

The exam is an internally set entirely practical project which begins on February 1st, ending with a 10-hour controlled assessment.

A2 is divided into two Units.  Unit 3 – Personal Investigation and Unit 4 – Exam, each worth 50%.

The Personal Investigation is a much more focused unit of work with students expected to explore a range of sources in their research including primary evidence (galleries, museums etc) wherever appropriate.  Students must also complete a 1000 – 3000 word essay.  This leads into a substantial final outcome.  Students have the opportunity to visit London to help with their research and analysis. Previous examples include War, Mental Health, Figurative Sculpture, and Movement.

The exam is an externally set assignment ending with a 15 hour controlled assessment.