During the first two terms of Year 9 students will continue to build upon their existing artistic knowledge and skills following a broad based art and design curriculum working towards gaining the Bronze Arts Award which is a nationally recognised Level 1 qualification.
At the beginning of the Summer Term in Year 9 students will begin their GCSE in Art and Design – Graphic Communication. Students are expected to produce practical and contextual work using art skills as a base in one or more area(s) including illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication, lens-based media: animation and photography. This syllabus will particularly focus on students’ ability to draw and an ability to communicate through writing is also a requirement.
Examining Board: AQA
|Unit 1||Portfolio of Work
60% of GCSE
|A selection from work undertaken during course of study.||
Throughout the course.
|Unit 2||Externally Set Assignment
40% of GCSE
|One project of work.
Response to all assessment objectives.
|Question papers issued from 1st January of examination year.
Unlimited preparation time.
10 hours of sustained focused study. (Examination)
Course is centre-assessed and moderated by AQA
Numerous art and graphic publications are held in the school library, art department and local library. Students are encouraged to read magazine articles (e.g. in Sunday supplements) and keep these. The Internet is also a valuable resource for researching well known artists/designers. Design Week https://www.designweek.co.uk/
A Level Fine Art is offered in the Sixth Form at Bentley Wood with Graphic Design offered within the Collegiate. Studying an art based Graphic Design course at GCSE is a basic requirement for pursuing any ‘art’ related subject at A Level and BTEC, such as Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography, 3-D including Sculpture and Ceramics. This will then lead on to degree and a wide range of careers.