GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)


In Years 10 and 11 students are able to choose GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art) as one of their options. The course will develop the Art and Design skills students have gained in Years 7, 8 and 9 and give students the opportunity to show how they can apply these to a design brief meeting the assessment criteria.


This course provides students with creative and exciting opportunities to continue their exploration of Art and Design. Students will explore a range of photography genres including portraiture, landscape and fine art. Students will be expected to use digital software, as well as physical manipulation techniques, to enhance and develop their photographs. The course is designed to provide a secure foundation for students who may wish to study Art and Design beyond GCSE and will aim to:

•broaden and deepen students’ knowledge and understanding;

•encourage independence; and

•develop problem solving skills.

How is the course assessed?

Component 1 – Portfolio (internally set coursework) = 60%

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment (set by exam board) = 40%


All work is assessed against 4 Assessment Objectives (AO): AO1 – Develop ideas, A02 – Refine ideas, A03 – Record A04 – Personal response.


Component 1 Portfolio (60% of final grade marked out of 96)

  • Skills based project – The first weeks consist of workshops designed to readdress and further develop traditional art skills. Using ‘Natural Forms’ as a theme, students will practice, explore and experiment with a number of painting, drawing and mixed media techniques.
  • Organic Sculpture – using contemporary ceramicists and the natural world for inspiration, students will develop a range of drawing, designs, research pages, samples sculptures with clay and a final clay sculpture.
  • Hybrids – students are given a range of contemporary artists which explore the theme of Hybrids. Drawings, paintings, mixed media and low relief materials can be used to develop a body of work culminating in a final outcome.

Component 2 Externally set assignment (40% of final grade marked out of 96)

Students will receive the AQA exam paper from which they will select a starting point. They will develop a body of work which will culminate in a 10 hour exam. All preparation work must be handed in at the start of the exam and cannot be added to.


Students will receive their final grade at the end of the 2 year course in August.


Students can purchase the following equipment listed below from the parent pay shop. We would strongly recommend that everyone is equipped with a sketchbook.


Fine Art students

Carry folder, sketchbook, paint brushes, pencils, watercolour paints, oil pastels & chalk pastels

Homework and learning outside of the classroom

Students are set regular deadlines for completing tasks. To ensure these deadlines are met, we expect students to work outside of school time on a regular and consistent basis. If deadlines are not met, students will be required to attend Study Support the following week.


Study Support: Fine Art - Wed and Thurs 2:50-3:50

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Allerton High School
King Lane, Leeds
West Yorkshire LS17 7AG
ssat ssat Leading Edge Healthy Schools Ofsted