Key Stage 4

At the end of Year 8 students are provided with the opportunity to specialise in Art and Design as a GCSE subject. Year 9 is an introductory course intended as preparation for the independent coursework in Year 10 and 11. The curriculum provision is four/five one hour lessons over two weeks. Art and Design has traditionally been a popular subject at GCSE level and always looks to bring out our student’s creative abilities.

OCR GCSE Art and Design 9 – 1

The Key Stage 4 course is made up of two units; the portfolio (coursework) which is 60% of the marks and the set task (externally set) which is 40%.

Both units are assessed using the OCR marking criteria:

  • Assessment objective 1 – Researching and exploring ideas
  • Assessment objective 2 – Experimenting and refining ideas
  • Assessment objective 3 – Recording ideas
  • Assessment objective 4 – Presenting a personal response

In Year 9 students follow a techniques-based course using an extensive range of media and materials. The aim is to provide students with the skills to enable them to become independent learners in Years 10 and 11. Students will acquire these many skills whilst working through a programme of study utilising the themes of ‘The Portrait’ and ‘Modern Still Life’.

In Year 10 students are provided with a full range of experiences which will develop their skills in a variety of different media and techniques and will develop creative thought. Art Craft and Design specialises in the use of drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, photography, computer manipulation and mixed media. Later in year, students will begin their coursework project which is set by the school. Students are given a theme and a starting point which they must thoroughly investigate through their own research, experimentation, and recording. Everything included on this journey must lead on to producing a meaningful and personal outcome. Students are encouraged to work creatively and imaginatively.

In Year 11 students will complete their coursework portfolio which will end with an outcome that brings together all of their supporting work. This is to be handed in by the end of the Autumn term. Unit 2 the externally set task, involves students developing a personal response from a list of starting points provided by OCR. The set task paper is given to students in January. They then have a clear schedule to help develop their project independently ready for the final exam. The exam consists of 10 hours of supervised time to produce the final outcome or response.