Art at Key Stage 4


Course Description

This course will give you a wide range of creative experiences and enable you to access a variety of creative career pathways.

During the course you will be taught how to:

  • Develop ideas through looking at the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople.
  • Have opportunity to experiment with a range of materials in 2D and 3D.
  • Learn how to make and record observations using a range of methods including drawing, painting, photography and ICT.
  • Finally you will develop methods for presenting personal and meaningful work that reflects your research and experiments into a given topic or theme.

During the course you will create work in a range of the following disciplines: drawing and painting, mixed media, textiles, sculpture and ICT.

You will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of work and use of a personal sketchbook and will be given weekly homework.


Coursework consists of 60% of your final mark and you will start this in year 10. This coursework consists of three projects. There is a high emphasis on independent working and there will be opportunities for you to develop work out of lessons during weekly after school sessions. Pupils must be self-motivated. It is important that you keep up to date with coursework and homework deadlines throughout the course.

The Examination

There is a final examination towards the end of year 11, which is worth 40% of your final GCSE grade. This will consist of a preparation period taking place in your lessons to complete work to meet the assessment criteria of the exam board (Assessment objectives A01, A02 and A03). This concludes in a 10 hour exam, over two days, where you will create a final outcome (Assessment objective A04).

Previous Work from Year 11 Mock Examination

The subject given was 'Food'

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