In Years 10 and 11 pupils follow Edexcel GCSE in Art and Design. The course is split into 2 units. Unit 1, building a personal portfolio, is 60% of the final GCSE grade and Unit 2, the externally set task, is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.

Independent learning is always encouraged as well as the expression of self and personality. Personal development runs alongside furthering our knowledge of a host of worldwide artists past and present. Finding your own style, using initiative and having the desire to express yourself are critical to succeeding in this subject. You can never know enough artists, encouraging learning and awareness of artists can be done anywhere at any time. Observational drawing, sketching and being visually aware of your surroundings would significantly support your final grade. There is always the option to stay after school or to work throughout lunch or break on your portfolio.


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