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Key Stage 3


Students will investigate, combine, juxtapose & manipulate media, materials and images for a variety of purposes and functions. Students will develop and refine their practical skills in handing tools and media. Students will experience and experiment with a wide range of materials, ideas and concepts.


Students will discuss and question critically their own work and the work of others. They will document and present their findings (visual/spoken) selecting from wide range of examples. They will establish codes and conventions working from 1st and 2nd hand sources and explore ideas in order to improve their own choices and decision making.


Students will evaluate and refine their own work and plan ways to develop their pieces further. They will adapt and re-evaluate their own work. They analyse and comment on their progress, express opinions and make reasoned judgements in the light of their own and other evaluations.


Students learn how to manipulate, adapt and utilise materials to fit a purpose. They exploit tactile and visual qualities of materials and processes and match these to the task they explore. Students learn to identify different codes and conventions used by artists, craftspeople and designs. Students are taught to recognise similarities and differences between a variety of cultures by functions in the wider world.




The course will consist of unit one: 2-3 coursework projects and unit two: an externally set task. All projects are structured in visual, critical and thematic ways to encourage a professional response from students. These projects fit into two distinct units of work and are highly structured to accommodate a range of ability. The coursework will be internally set, internally marked and then externally moderated by AQA. The GCSE exam will be externally set, internally marked and externally moderated.


Students are required to maintain two working photojournals/sketchpads throughout the course (one for each unit) which will show clear evidence that all assessment objectives have been met. Large coursework pieces/port folio work or three dimensional pieces will also reflect a thorough working knowledge and understanding of the assessment objective, fitting into one of the discrete units of work.

 During the course art history and appreciation will help to inform the student’s decision making. The critical and contextual study of the work of others artists, designers and crafts people are vital at key stage four. Students are expected to express and document their responses to the work of others, making informed connections with their own work. Work journals/sketchpads will contain evidence of the students developing ideas, including the ability to make discriminating judgements using written and visual language.

The Full GCSE course is made up of

  • Unit 1: Coursework 
    • Portfolio of Work (Up to two projects and two final pieces)
  • Unit 2: Terminal Exam.
    • Externally Set Task. Exam prep and Exam final piece

All work will be kept in individually labelled journals/sketchpads and port folios for assessment. As directed by AQA exam board, a sample of student’s work will be displayed for external moderation purposes at the end of the course. This will form part of a large exhibition of all our candidates work, recognizing and celebrating their hard work and individual achievement at key stage four.