Type of Qualification

AQA - GCSE Art and Design - Fine Art



Course Content

In GCSE Fine Art for KS4 you will learn how

  • to use specialist practical skills
  • to produce ever-higher standards of work
  • to gain a higher understanding of the Formal Elements used within Design
  • to use variety and diversity in your thinking
  • to develop critical appraisal and analysis in your work
  • to record ideas, make experiments, show analysis and produce outcomes
  • to develop a subject specific vocabulary
  • to be able to discuss the work of designers, techniques and values of design to build upon your sketchbook skills and extend presentation techniques and recording work from your Art/Design lessons at KS3

The GCSE course lasts for five terms in KS4.

 You will work on 2 projects over the first four terms called the Personal Portfolio (Unit 1). In class, we normally call this Controlled Assessment work. We will study the following in that time:

  • Artists and Designers are used as a starting point to gain insights to develop ideas
  • Produce work in a variety of wet and dry materials, such as printing, pencil, acrylic paint, collage, watercolour paint and collage.
  • Record through drawing and written annotation
  • Present a final response based on your research to the topic given 

In your last term, you will be working on your exam task called the Externally Set Assignment (Unit 2). This is of a set of questions set by the exam board, of which one will be chosen to research and develop a personal response.

The GCSE covers a range of activities and in-depth assignments. You will have the opportunity to experiment with different media in order to explore your strengths and preferences. There is a wide range of options within several areas Fine Art. Whatever you choose, the main aim of the course is to develop your visual language skills and for you to build a comprehensive portfolio of work to progress to further courses or employment.


How is this course assessed?

How will you get your GCSE?

  • Coursework – 60%
  • Exam – 40%

 Controlled Assessment: During the two year course students will learn techniques and processes based on a theme and/or artists. They will have guided starting points but independent work and research is encouraged for students to develop a personal style.

 Exam: The exam at the end of the course is a practical exam that consists of 20 hours of preparatory time and 10 hours (over two days) in the art room to produce the final outcome.


Where will this course take you?

Students can progress on to the A level Product Design course, providing they meet the Sixth Form entry           requirements.

Students may also progress onto a level 2/3 college course or apprenticeship.

 Students taking this course could work towards a career in design or manufacturing including architecture, product design, technical illustration, engineering and many more





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