GCSE Art
The new GCSE Art and Design qualification for 2016 is designed to support a wide range of student interests, learning styles and aspirations for progression, providing them with the opportunity to; explore both contemporary and historical sources of art and design first hand, take an individual approach to art and design making and to develop the skill of selecting their best and most appropriate work for presentation.

Why Choose This Subject At GCSE?

You will find this new and engaging course offers:

Flexibility – the qualification allows us to design a course of study that appeals to our students and that draws on our department’s expertise and resources.

Continuous progression – students develop knowledge, understanding and skills when completing their Personal Portfolio, which they then go on to use and refine when completing the Externally Set Assignment.

Clear progression to A level – the GCSE and the A Level have a common structure and titles, and follow a similar approach to the Externally Set Assignment and the assessment grid to ensure smooth progression to A Level at the end of the GCSE course.

Develops transferable skills – students will learn to:

  • apply a creative approach to problem solving
  • consider and develop original ideas from initiation to realisation
  • analyse critically their own work and the work of others
  • express individual thoughts and choices confidently
  • take risks, experiment and learn from mistakes.

Summary of the Course

Art and Design equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives, and it has immense value as a GCSE subject.

GCSE Art and Design provides the opportunity for students to:

  • explore both contemporary and historical sources of art, craft and design first hand through, for example:

– visiting museums, galleries, art shows and fairs

– experiencing audio-visual productions, including still and moving imagery

-their surroundings and environments

  • take an individual approach to their art, craft and design making
  • develop the skills of selecting their best and most appropriate work for presentation.
GCSE Art

How is This Subject Assessed?

Component 1 Personal Portfolio 60%
  • From centre-set theme(s) in consultation with students
  • Students produce a portfolio of work demonstrating knowledge, understanding and skills, and comprising supporting studies and personal response(s)
  • There are 72 marks available for this component
  • Internally assessed
  • Externally moderated
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment 40%
  • The culmination of the GCSE course
  • From an externally-set theme (released on 2 January)
  • Centres devise a period of preparatory study in which students create preparatory studies
  • Students have a 10-hour sustained focus period in which to produce personal response(s)
  • There are 72 marks available for this component
  • Internally assessed
  • Externally moderated
2017 Specification

Edexcel GCSE Art and Design (1AD0)

GCSE ART ERMYSTEDS