Art is a subject that can help us to understand and give meaning to the world we live in.  Through our curriculum we aim to provide students with an experience that is exciting and to ensure that our students combine practical skills with creative thinking. We support our students to aspire through their learning experiences to standards of excellence intellectually, practically, and aesthetically. Each student experiences a variety of media and techniques. In Year 8/9 students will develop their skills and understanding with progressive complexity and sophistication, so that they are able to make informed choices and work with increasing independence should they opt to study Art at BTEC or GCSE. We support students in learning to co-operate and negotiate and be able to share good practice and learn from others. We develop students’ awareness of the impact of art on society and expect them to achieve by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum together with those specific to Art to produce effective and considered artworks.

Art Curriculum Intent

Subject Area:

Art & Design 



Head of Subject:

Mrs K. Georgiou 

Mrs C Thompson (Technician)

Yr 11 Course Title

Btec Art and Design First Award 


GCSE Photography

KS4 (Year 10 and 11) Exam Board and Course Number

Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award in Art and Design 600/4781/1


AQA GCSE Photography 8206


Coursework and Exam Percentages

BTEC Art & Design First Award


The course consists of four units

Unit 1 – Introduction to specialist pathways in Art and Design 25%

Unit 2 – Creative project in Art and Design 25%

Unit 3 – Communicating ideas in 2D 25%

Unit 5 – Developing and Art and Design Portfolio 25%



GCSE Photography


Component 1: Portfolio 60%

Component 2: Externally set assignment 40%

KS4 Number of lessons per week:


3 lessons per week


GCSE Photography

2 lessons per week

Extra-curricular activities in Art:

Thursday 2.30 – 3.30 Yr 9, 10, 11  (Art and Photography)

Friday 2.30 – 3.30  Yr 11 (Photography)

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