This qualification encourages a personal, explorative, investigative and enquiring approach to Art and Design.

The qualification aims to develop in all students: Academic, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers through investigation, analysis, experimentation, practical exploration, technical skill development, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. Students will develop their understanding of the interrelationships between art and design, and gain an awareness of the contexts in which they operate; together with a knowledge of art and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.

Students may provide evidence of practical work in a number of different areas or specialise in a more focussed discipline; drawing, painting, mixed media, digital image manipulation, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, and ceramic sculpture are some of the opportunities available.

There is a mandatory requirement that all students keep visual work journals for their projects. These journals are a visual diary in which students record the development of ideas, illustrating skilled judgements, understanding and development using appropriate visual, verbal and literary skills. These judgements will necessarily include critical and historical academic reference to the work of other artists.

Visits to local, National and European Galleries and Museums may be made to encourage students to use the work of others to support and develop their own ideas and practical work. Every effort will be made to ensure that students are given the opportunity to work with a visiting artist.

These courses are ideal for a student wishing to develop creative thinking. The theoretical skills learnt will enable them to set their own thinking within a wider historical and cultural context. Practical skill development will enable students to communicate their thinking to a wider audience and also to prepare them for future progression.


  • Grade C (5) or higher in GCSE English Language and
  • Grade B (6) or higher in at least one of the following GCSE subjects: Art, Photography, Media, Textiles.


A passion for drawing, a visual curiosity and desire to explore themes and ideas using a broad reference base and exploration of tools and materials.


There are four assessment objectives within Art and Design.

 AO1. Develop ideas through sustained and focussed investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2. Explore and select appropriate resources, media and materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3. Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4. Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.


Past students, wishing to work within the creative arts industry, have progressed on to study specialist courses at National Diploma, Higher National Diploma, Foundation and Degree Level. However, the A/S and A2 qualification in Art and Design is an excellent creative platform for students wishing to enter further and higher education in all fields of study.


Students routinely achieve 100% pass rates, with many achieving A* or A in recent years with successful progression onto specialist degrees.


Mr Pascoe Head of Art and Design / Creative and Performing Arts Faculty and Mrs O’Shea.


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