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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust

Key Stage 4 Art

Is this course for me?

Art & Design GCSE is a wide-ranging course in which you produce their own works of art to a set theme, based on first-hand experience and research. The course will appeal to you if you enjoy being creative, can demonstrate the range of artistic skills taught in Years 7 to 9 and are enthusiastic about the subject.

What does the course involve?

You must be highly motivated and willing to experiment with a variety of materials.  Sketchbooks are used extensively to draw, sketch, record ideas, make notes and demonstrate a range of media and techniques (see above).  Homework is a vital part of the Art and Design GCSE and is linked to the themes studied. It is essential that you are prepared to work at home and have a sketchbook. Coursework (called the Personal Portfolio) comprises two projects:  'Pattern and Texture' in Year 10 and 'Illusions' in Year 11. You will produce a sketchbook of preparatory work and a final outcome for each. In Year 10, you will have a chance to work with a professional artist for a day.

How will my work be assessed?

You are assessed regularly and at the end of each course unit.  There will be a mock examination in both Years 10 and Year 11.  The final grade is based on a combination of coursework (Personal Portfolio) and an externally set exam, with emphasis given to the degree of skill reached at the end of the two years.

Final grades are determined by:

  • Component 1:   Personal Portfolio (60% of the total mark).               
  • Component 2:   Externally Set Assignment: Preparatory work over a period of several weeks and a 10-hour practical exam to produce the final outcome (40% of the total mark).

The timed examination usually takes place during the final week of the Spring Term.

There is no written exam.

At the end of the course, the work is marked by individual art teachers and then internally moderated by the Head of Department and Deputy Head of Department together.  It is then externally moderated by a Moderator from the Edexcel Exam Board. This process ensures standardisation and that work is marked to the national standard.

What courses can this lead to in Post-16?

A Level Art and/or Photography.              

For more details, please contact:

Mrs J Honour Head of Art and Design.