The Arts form a significant and important part in the curriculum which enables students to express themselves creatively. The course provides students with a challenge in which to create individual and unique artwork in 2D and 3D forms, such as: acrylic painting, charcoal drawing, printing, clay work, wax work, collage and computer artwork including Photoshop.

We provide opportunities to visit galleries and museums to enhance and engage learning. In addition to this, art classes run at lunch time and after school to support, raise achievement and provide enjoyment.


The course has been designed and tailored to meet the needs of our students and individual learners. Students are able to explore artistic skills, cultures and develop their creativity.


Students are able to experiment with a range of materials and processes. The course requires them to be independent thinkers who can research around an idea or theme and drive their own ideas forward with support from an art teacher. Students will be effective at managing their time as working outside of lessons is crucial to successful completion of the course.

Course Details
The course is structured as follows:

  • Unit One: Portfolio of work (Consisting of 2 coursework units) 60% of the overall mark.
  • Unit Two: Externally set task (papers issued near the start of the Spring Term; followed by a 10 hour period of focused study in exam conditions) 40% of the overall mark.

Course Content
The course is a general art and design course and therefore may cover a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Fine Art: Including painting, drawing, mixed-media and print-making
  • Graphic communication: Including illustration, communication graphics and computer graphics
  • Three-dimensional Design: Including sculpture, design for theatre, and architectural design.

Course Information

GCSE in Art and Design

Contact: Mr T. McCormack
Course Name: GCSE in Art and Design
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Spec Code: 4200