Art and Design - Fine Art

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 which is a broad course exploring practical and contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes, new media and technologies. It is a course where students can work within two or more of the endorsements in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes. This syllabus will particularly focus on students’ ability to draw and an ability to communicate through writing.

Examining Board: AQA

Aims of the GCSE Course:

  • To actively engage in the process of making Art and Design in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • To develop creative skills, through learning to use imaginative and intuitive powers when exploring and creating images and artefacts that are original and of value.
  • To learn to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques, including, when appropriate, traditional and new media and technologies.
  • To develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

GCSE Content and Method of Assessment:

Component Component Title Requirements Duration
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

Recommended Reading

Numerous art publications are held in the school library, art department and local library. Students are encouraged to read magazine articles such as
Art – Aesthetica Magazine

The Internet is also a valuable resource for researching well known artists.
Tate Papers
Aesthetica Magazine

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

A Level Fine Art is offered in the Sixth Form at Bentley Wood. Studying a broad based Art & Design course at GCSE is a basic requirement for pursuing any ‘art’ related subject at A Level and BTEC, such as Textile Design, Graphic Communication, Photography, 3-D including Sculpture and Ceramics. This will then lead on to degree and to a wide range of careers. 

These would include:

Advertising Architecture
Fashion Design Furniture design
iIlustration Jewellery design
Animation Artist
Fine Art Graphic Design
Interior Design Make-up artist