Art & Design KS4
Exam Board: AQA
Course: Fine Art
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At GCSE pupils further develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding within the subject. Over the course pupils are required to produce 2 units of work. Pupils produce a coursework portfolio in Year 10 and the first term of Year 11 which is worth 60%. In Year 11 they complete an externally set assignment with a final outcome produced under exam conditions, this unit being worth 40%.
Across both Units pupils are encouraged to work in a range of mediums and processes including pencil, paint, clay, print-making, digital media and mixed media among others.
The course is very much personalised to pupil’s strengths and independence is strongly promoted as pupils develop their own work and ideas in response to that of Artists and Designers that they have studied.
Unit 1: Portfolio of work (60%)
Range of artists studied within the unit and a range of outcomes produced. Two units are combined to make up the portfolio of work.
Unit 2: Externally set task (40%)
This is not an exam in the traditional sense. A question paper is released by the exam board and pupils have an 8-10 week preparation period before a completing a piece of work under controlled conditions. The controlled exam is completed within a 10-hour period and all work is then submitted for marking.