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
|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 publications are held in the school library, art department and local library. Students are encouraged to read magazine articles such as
Art – Aesthetica Magazine http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/.
The Internet is also a valuable resource for researching well known artists.
Tate Papers https://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers.
Aesthetica Magazine http://www.aestheticamagazine.com.
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:
|Fashion Design||Furniture design|
|Fine Art||Graphic Design|
|Interior Design||Make-up artist|