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The GCSE consists of two units of work:

Unit 1: The Portfolio

(96 Marks - 60% of GCSE)

The portfolio is a body of work devised by the teacher to meet the assessment objectives produced over the two year course. It must include a sustained project and a selection of further work undertaken during the course of study and is marked holistically by the teacher then moderated by AQA. The portfolio usually includes a gallery visit such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The Royal Academy or The National Gallery.

Unit 2: The Externally Set Assignment (96 Marks - 40% of GCSE)

A question paper is set by the examination board early in the Spring term and the pupil selects one question to work on. A period of time supported by the teacher is devoted to the development of a response to the question and detailed preparation for the final piece. This is then completed in ten hours under examination conditions; the final piece is also marked by the teacher and then moderated by AQA.

Why study Art?

  • It is very different from other subjects and adds a balance and variety to your study
  • It explores many issues and different cultures, giving you a broader education
  • It fosters real independent study
  • It helps improve your aesthetic awareness, which is relevant in so many areas of  life
  • You get the opportunity to visit some wonderful galleries and exhibitions

What should you bring to the course?

  • You must have a genuine interest and desire to study art (remember that skills can be taught and improved). A willingness to work very hard to develop these skills and experience the satisfaction that this brings.
  • We provide most materials but it is advisable to have your own personal collection of equipment, and something to keep it in e.g. an art bin.
  • It is also useful if you have your own camera

Ms. Mo Stockton

Head of Art

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