paints and brushes

Art & Design

GCSE Art & Design Specification Code              AQA 8202

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GCSE Course Topic Structure

Unit 1 - Portfolio Students must explore, through a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional processes and media, practical application of skills and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of contemporary artists, craftspeople and designers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design as appropriate to their own work.

 Unit 2 - External Assessment Students respond to a starting point provided by AQA. This response provides evidence of the student’s ability to work independently within specified time constraints, realise intentions that are personal and meaningful and explicitly address the requirements of all four assessment objectives.

GCSE Assessment Structure Unit 1 - Portfolio

Portfolio 60% of the grade

Assessment will be ongoing with weekly homework tasks and interim and final grades given for each project. Self-assessment, peer group marking and teacher assessment will be used. There will also be ongoing, intermittent one to one tutorials.

Exam board marking criteria will be used at all times.

Unit 2 - External Assessment

40% of the grade

The same criteria are used as for the portfolio. Teachers advise and assess work until the final 10 hour exam where students must work unaided.

The final exam assessment will be conducted by art staff and moderated by the exam board.

Exam Date 1st & 2nd  May 2018

Exam paper issued:  5th January 2018

Additional resources can be accessed by SMHW.

Details of additional resources which may help you (e.g. web-sites, textbooks, revision books)

The following websites and resources will provide useful support for your child during their GCSE (subject) course:

Exam Board

GCSE Useful Websites

Useful for inspiration and research

Londonart contemporary art

The British Museum

Tate Modern, Bankside

Tate Britain, Millbank

Hayward Gallery, Southbank

Barbican Centre, Farringdon

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

Whitechapel Gallery, Aldgate East

Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park

The V&A Museum, South Kensington

ICA, The Mall

Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square

Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Rd

The Photographers' Gallery, Ramillies St

White Cube, Hoxton

In school support

We run an Art Support /Booster sessions on a Wednesday and Thursday 3.00-4.00pm where students will receive additional help with their work. They can use this time to complete homework or to add to their classwork/exam preparation.


Lunchtime: studio facilities are available for sketchbook / preparation exam support.

 We expect all GCSE students to attend at least one of these sessions each week to ensure that all work is up-to-date and completed.

Half term

YR11 Thursday 15th February 2018

9.00 – 11.45 Exam support- sketchbook preparation



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