GCSE in Art and Design consists of two components in either Fine Art or Graphic Communication. These components are teacher-assessed and externally moderated by Edexcel.  Each component incorporates a portfolio of development work and outcomes.

The course allows pupils opportunities to research contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes and develop and refine ideas in order to arrive at a final piece in response to a theme.

The components are as follows:

Component 1: Personal Portfolio (coursework)

60% of the qualification
Theme: Self-image
Duration: 120 hours directed time plus 10 hours undirected

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (examination)

40% of the qualification
Theme: Externally set
Duration: 25 hours+
Examination: 10 hours (over two days).

Pupils need to have a proven talent and a passion for the subject in order to do well on the course.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification: 3510

Mr A. Robson – Head of Art & Design