Key Stage 3

Art and Design is a popular subject throughout the school and across all year groups. Skills are taught according to the needs of the year group and as a pupil progresses throughout the school they are able to broaden their skills and knowledge as their creativity dictates. Pupils are taught about Artist's work, Art movements and world cultures past and present. This enables pupils to really see their own work in context and value its meaning. Art and Design outcomes from all years are acts of self-expression which requires emotion and intellect. Art provides pupils with opportunities to express themselves and the environment in which they learn and live. Art supports the unique ethos and nature of the school and also creates an environment in which each pupil can grow in personality, knowledge, skill and realise their true potential. Over the two years, the students will study the following:

Year 7

Semester 1 (Sept – Feb half-term)
Natural Forms

Semester 2 (Feb half-term – July)
Crawling, Feathered or Furred.

Year 8

Semester 1(Sept – Feb half-term)

Semester 2 (Feb half-term – July)
The Landscape

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop skills:

The core attainment will be based around developing skills in the following areas:

  • Recording observations
  • Investigating a range of media and processes.
  • Development and Design skills.
  • Contextual understanding.
  • Analysing and Evaluating.
  • Assessment

Key Stage 4

"The Art, Craft and Design course is a great experience especially if you've always enjoyed being creative." Art and Design provides students with a range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore.



Exam Board and Syllabus

AQA 8201

Programme of Study

The course includes Painting and Drawing; Sculpture; Ceramics; Printmaking; Digital Photography and Textiles. Students develop their knowledge and understanding of areas as diverse as Installation, 3Dimensional Design and Sculpture, Photography, Illustration and Advertising, Decorative Arts and Fine Art.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Art & Design is a very exciting and popular course as it involves so much variety and choice. Students are able to explore many different ways of expressing their ideas and enjoy experimenting with a wide range of media and new techniques.

Art & Design is a subject that develops creativity and imagination. Each student is encouraged to work in an individual way and to develop their own personal style and approach. We look at lots of different artists and designers, both past and present, for inspiration.


The coursework portfolio (Component 1) is built up over the 3 years, giving students the opportunity to develop as artists and designers. Students develop responses to initial starting points of the project brief.

Component 2 is a project set by the examinations board (AQA). Students are able to choose from a variety of topics, working on ideas prior to the exam when they will produce an original piece in their own choice of media. Contrary to what you might think, this is not a drawing exam! Past responses have included anything from a dragon to a giant shoe!

What it leads to

It is also an excellent foundation for further study and opens up the possibility of numerous career opportunities. Past students have gone on to courses at The London College of Fashion, Chelsea and Central St Martin's Colleges of Art and have then had successful careers in areas such as Fashion, Textile Design, Product Design, Architect, Town Planning, Automotive Design, Ergonomics, Photographer, Television/Radio, Technical Effects, Game and Character Design, Film, Media Industries, Interior Design, Advertising, Television, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Art, Ceramics, Printer/Printmaker, Teaching, Make-up Artist and Theatre/Set Design.

Additional Points

Our students always say how much they develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Art and Artists in addition to developing as individuals. Students enjoy the course and Art continues to achieve outstanding results year after year.

Tier of Entry

Single Tier.