Key Stage 3
All students follow a structured scheme of work that develops the formal elements in Art and provides ‘basic building blocks’ as well as opportunities to creatively interpret set briefs. Students explore the work of a different artist, designer or crafts worker to inspire their investigations and experiment with a wide range of media to discover their expressive properties.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Fine Art (OCR)
Students explore and develop ideas within a theme towards a final outcome. Independent learning is an essential element to the course and students are required to meet all 4 of the assessment objectives in order to successfully complete the course.
AO1 - DEVELOP IDEAS – ARTISTS, TRIPS/VISITS & SOURCES OF INSPIRATION
Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
AO2 - REFINING and EXPERIMENTING
Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3 - OBSERVATIONAL DRAWINGS, EXPLANATIONS & USE OF MEDIA
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
AO4 - FINAL IDEA & FINAL PIECE, LINKS WITH ARTISTS
Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.
Coursework Portfolio (60%)
Exam (40%) 10-week preparatory period concluding in a 2-day controlled assessment.
Changes to the Course
The GCSE is now graded on a nine-point scale: 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.
A new top mark band has been introduced, enabling better differentiation between higher attaining students.
Students must show evidence of drawing and written annotation within both the coursework portfolio and the exam unit.
Key Stage 3: ‘The BIG draw’ – National drawing campaign
Key Stage 4: Open Access to Art room for coursework (Lunchtimes)
Year 9 -11: After School Enrichment Session (Weekly)
Year 10 - Gallery Visit