What is the course about?


This Art and Design course will give you the knowledge, understanding and competency needed when considering entering employment in the Art and Design sector. You will gain grounding in the essential skills and broad fundamentals crucial to Art and Design, giving you the opportunity to build on these by progressing to a Level 3.


The structure of the course allows you to develop your interests and gain a broad foundation in all areas of Art.


Subject content:


This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes. Candidates should produce practical and contextual work associated with two or more of the endorsements below:


  • Painting and drawing
  • Mixed media
  • Sculpture or Land art
  • Installation
  • Printmaking
  • Lens-based media


Candidates are required to develop knowledge, understanding and skills through integrated practical, critical and theoretical study that encourages direct engagement with original works and practice. Candidates may work with both traditional and new media.


How will I be assessed?


Unit 1: Portfolio of Work

Controlled Assessment – set and marked by centre and moderated by AQA.
80 marks – 60%
Candidate portfolio selected from work undertaken during course of study and must include more than one project.


Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Question papers issued from 1 January.
Marked by centre and moderated by AQA.
80 marks – 40%
There is unlimited preparation time.
10 hours of sustained focused study.
Candidates respond to their chosen starting point.

Exam Board - OCR

What skills are required?


You should have a passion for and interest in Art to succeed in achieving this qualification and ideally you should be able to show that you have a high standard of literacy and numeracy.


Technical skills will be developed throughout the duration of the course.

What we are looking for in students who opt for this subject are:


  • Enthusiasm
  • Passion
  • Interest in problem solving
  • Ability to experiment and explore media and materials
  • An interest in the History of Art and Design


Studying Art may lead to:


With further training or study, students go into careers including:


  • Animator
  • Ceramics designer
  • Community arts worker
  • Exhibition designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Fine artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Textile designer
  • Web designer


The GCSE Art and Design provides a good grounding to go on to more advanced Art and Design courses at Post 16.


Additional Information


During the two year course students will be given opportunities to experience:

  • Gallery and Museum visits
  • Workshops with visiting artists
  • Saturday Schools
  • Formal presentations of their own work
  • Learning about Art History
  • Art Clubs
  • Setting up exhibitions of their own work