Art & Design

Examination Board: Edexcel Syllabus: 1AD0

Student guide for Art GCSE

Is this the right subject for me? This course is suitable for those of you who:

  • Enjoy making art
  • Enjoy the work of artists and designers
  • Enjoy learning new process
  • Enjoy visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios.

What will I learn?

The GCSE course covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media in order to explore your strengths and preferences. Whatever you choose, the main aim of the course is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a personal portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one discipline of your preference after being introduced to many processes and approaches through workshops or work in a variety of art practices such as fine art painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, drawing, collage etc.

How will I be assessed?

Edexcel’s GCSE Art and Design is made up of 2 units.

  • Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art and Design – internally set and marked; assessed through controlled assessment. 60% of overall mark
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design – theme set by EDEXCEL and internally marked. 40% of overall mark. Each unit is assessed separately out of 72 marks. It is standardised by the Art department and then moderated by a representative from the exam board at the end of the course.

What can I do after I have completed the course?

On completion of your GCSE Art and Design course, you could progress to further education. Courses include:

  • BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design.  There are one and two-year courses available.
  • Specialist Diploma in Creative Media
  • GCE A Level in Art and Design or Photography
  • This course will also demonstrate your dexterity and you will have a portfolio of work that will evidence your ability to pursue a two-year GCSE course in Art and Design, covering different assignments and producing a range of work. This may compliment your applications to take apprenticeships or other courses, in local design offices, graphics companies and retail, web, design and other practical based careers.

If you would like further information please see Miss C. Thomas, Head of Art & Design.