Art and Design

Art and Design equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives, and it has immense value as a GCSE subject.

Course specification: Fine Art endorsement Edexcel 1FA0/01(coursework) and 1FA0/02 (externally set assignment) (9-1)

Student art workThis GCSE covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different 2D and 3D media including photography and Photoshop in order to explore their strengths and preferences.

The new GCSE syllabus requires that all students must use drawing to support the development process within each chosen area of study.

Students will also be expected to develop written annotations and evaluations using subject specific terminology that works towards supporting the narrative of their creative journey. The over-arching aim of the course is to develop the students’ visual language skills and for them to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to support aspirations for progression.

This course is suitable for students who are:

  • keen to develop their visual skill
  • creative, enthusiastic and imaginative
  • able to sustain an investigation
  • able to enjoy visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios
  • willing to experiment and take risks in their work
  • willing to review their progress and make improvements

Before undertaking GCSE Art and Design, students will be expected to have some experience of using art materials and processes, together with some knowledge of contemporary and historical art and design. More importantly, they should have a commitment to, and love of, the subject and feel motivated to develop their visual skills and express their ideas in working through projects and assignments.

Edexcel’s GCSE Art and Design consists of two units:

Component 1: 60% Personal Portfolio/Coursework in Art and Design

Internally set and assessed through controlled assessments during Year 10 and Year 11 and externally moderated at the end of the Year 11.

Component 2: 40% Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design

Externally set theme and internally and externally moderated.

Each component is assessed separately and offers a maximum of 72 marks – 18 marks for each of the four Assessment Objectives, which can be summed up as: develop, refine/experiment, record, and present. Components 1 and 2 are presented at the end of Year 11 as an exhibition of students’ work, which the external moderator visits.

Art exhibition photo gallery

GCSE and A Level exhibition photo gallery