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Subject: Art and Design
Contact: Mr S Parker


At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA Art and Design syllabus (AQA Specification 72401).

The course gives students exciting opportunities to study a range of disciplines including painting, drawing 3-D, ceramics, digital imaging and photography. Students will focus on an area of personal interest in the second year. The course directly supports progression to further and higher education in Art and Design and related subjects, as well as providing all students with a platform to inspire a lifelong interest in, and enjoyment of, Art and Design. Students have nine lessons a fortnight and are co-taught by two or three teachers who share responsibility preparing students for their coursework and examination over the two year course.

Curriculum content


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

Drawing, Painting, Composition, Digital Imaging; Critical and Contextual Analysis

Drawing, Painting, Composition, Digital Imaging, Critical and Contextual Analysis

Student led project

Year 13

Personal Investigation Student led 
1000 – 3000 written study

Externally Set Assignment
Preparatory Period

15 hour exam


Assessment components

Component 1:
Personal Investigation


Component 2:
Externally Set Assignment


What's assessed

This is a practical investigation supported by written material.

Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. It must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.

What's assessed

Students are required to select one of eight questions. Students will be engaged with the preparatory period – from 1 February. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

How it's assessed

  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of A-level

How it's assessed

  • Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Enrichment opportunities

Art Clubs:

Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm KS4 and KS5

Useful websites to support learning

Tate website
Open Eye Gallery website
V&A website
The Design Museum website