Exam Board


What is GCSE Art and Design:

You will be learning about and you will be assessed on:

• The work of artist and designers and how you develop  your   own creative and individual ideas

• How you use and explore the potential of a wide range of materials, equipment and working processes

• Drawing and recording from observations

• Developing high quality finished pieces of work expressing your own flair and creativity

Who might enjoy this course?

The course is for creative, independent and committed artists who are prepared to put in the extensive time it takes to develop excellent quality ideas and finished work. To be successful in an Art and Design GCSE students must be prepared to persevere and focus to produce a substantial portfolio of work, demonstrating their skills. Students will need to be able to draw well and be prepared to experiment with a wide range of materials, processes and techniques.

What about exams? What will I study?

The course consists of a portfolio of work which is developed throughout Year 10 and the beginning of Year 11. This is a wide range of personally explored pieces, which will include: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and digital work. This makes up 60% of the GCSE.

In Year 11 the exam board send a theme to the school. This is called the Externally Set Assignment. All students respond to the theme in their own individual and creative way using: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and digital work. This culminates with two full days working in exam conditions to complete all of the work. This makes up 40% of the GCSE.


You will spend two full days, 10 hours, in exam conditions finishing all work in your portfolio and externally set assignment.

What could I do next with GCSE Art and Design?

After your  GCSE you may want to progress to Art and Design based courses at 6th form or college leading to a very wide range of career opportunities that require free thinking creative individuals