Art & Design Department




One full year of study, 50% of an A' Level

AS 1 - Portfolio - 25%

AS 2 - Externally Set Assignment - 25%


One full year of study, 50% of an A' Level

A2 1 - Personal Study - 25%

A2 2 - Externally Set Assignment - 25%


Projects will be assessed by the teacher and moderated by an external examiner. 


Art/Design at GCSE              A* C

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English Literature

Through studying GCE Art and Design, students have opportunities to:

  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for art, craft and design;
  • gain knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media (including technologies) in contemporary and past cultures;
  • gain experience in working in a broad range of media (including traditional and new media and technologies);
  • gain an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice; and
  • develop and enhance their creative, intellectual and artistic abilities.




This is a 2 year course spanning over Year 11 and Year 12

Unit 1 – The Core Portfolio (Controlled Assessment);  = 60 %

Unit 2 - Working to a Stimulus. (Externally Set Assignment) = 40%

Work is completed in class and at home.

It is very important that students complete all work and met all deadlines.

Both units of work are presented at the end of Year 12 for moderation.


Projects will be assessed by the teacher and moderated by an external examiner. 

In Unit 1, which is worth 60 percent of the final award, students present a portfolio of work. In the portfolio they should explore a wide range of the core skills of visual language, media, materials, techniques and new technology. Work in the portfolio should:

  • be edited to show the breadth, depth and quality of experience in art and design that students have gained over the two year course;
  • show that students have experience of at least two different creative media;
  • address each of the four Assessment Objectives; and
  • include one task that has been developed to a final outcome.

The portfolio presented for assessment should not exceed 20 A2 sheets (or equivalent).

Unit 2 is worth 40 percent of the final award. It is assessed through an externally set exam called Working to a Stimulus. The exam gives students an opportunity to investigate and develop their ideas creatively in response to a stimulus paper. Each of the four Assessment Objectives should be addressed in the work presented for Unit 2.


The following are some areas where Art and Design can be used but this subject can also contribute to the development of presentation and communication skills and creativity in a range of careers.


Architecture – Architect, Landscape Architecture, Interior and Spatial Design Architectural Technologist

Design - Fashion, Interior, Furniture, Product, Textile, Illustration Design, Jewellery and Ceramics

Education - Teaching, Lecturing, Art Therapy, Education/Arts Officer

Graphic Design - Publishing, Designing logos, Web design and corporate stationery

Media - Advertising, Programme Making, Newspaper & Magazine Layout, Photography and IT

The Theatre - Set Design, Costume Design




Key Stage 3

Year 8

  • Term 1 – Colour
  • Term 2 - The Jungle
  • Term 3 – Still Life

Year 9

  • Term 1 – Pop Art and Packaging
  • Term 2 – Insects and clay
  • Term 3 – Gaudi

Year 10

  • Term 1 – Surrealism and exploring creative job opportunities
  • Term 2 – Graphic Design
  • Term 3 – Portraiture


Art and Design at Key Stage 3 develops pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills for their future life.

It gives them the opportunity to express themselves and helps in developing them as individuals.  






Pupils are assessed throughout the year through continuous monitoring (CM) .

Pupils complete 5 CM’s in each year.

This will take the format of a page in their sketchbook.

At the end of each year an exam piece is completed within the art rooms.



Art and Design is an important and all embracing subject which plays a valuable part in the education of young people. It provides for them unique ways of expressing feelings and ideas about the world they live in.

The curriculum content of the Art and Design syllabus at St Pius X College aims to prepare pupils for their years beyond school. In keeping with the aims of the school, involvement in creative activity encourages the growth of worthwhile attitudes in the development of the individual. Co-operation, commitment, perseverance and tolerance demanded within the subject contribute to the all round personal and social development of every pupil.

Exciting and challenging units of work which are relevant to their development enhances the awareness and perceptions of the pupil’s visual world. They are made to feel important, that they are individuals with ideas and feelings which can be directed through a range of creative and expressive experiences, to produce original and individualistic statements of art.

High quality displays of the children's work from all ages of ability including reproductions of a variety of artist's work provides interest throughout the whole school, as well as in all classrooms within the Art and Design Department.

Pupils need enough experience of Art and Design, in every year at school, to understand what it is that artists, designers and crafts workers do.  They also need to develop their own confidence in using media and techniques.

Art and Design activities encourage pupils to:

  • respond to the world around them;
  • respond to their individual feelings and emotions;
  • develop and use their imagination;
  • express their ideas, thoughts and feelings;
  • solve problems;
  • to become more aesthetically aware.

General Aims

Pupils do things differently. Visual education should be planned to allow for the different ways they think, learn and develop. Pupils also need to be sensitively guided through their learning in Art and Design so that they make meaningful progress. Visual education should be planned to allow for the different ways pupils think, learn and develop. 

Pupils engage in a variety of learning experiences which: 

  •        Stimulate and/or maintain pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Art and Design.
  •        Enable pupils to be familiar with a body of artistic knowledge, skills, principles and vocabulary.
  •        Enable pupils to perceive Art and Design as a major cultural feature;
  •        Part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, e.g. to be able to work both independently and co-operatively.
  •        Employ teaching methods and resources that allows all pupils (irrespective of their academic ability) to have equal access to Art and Design and to experience success and enjoyment in work.
  •       Develop awareness in pupils of the implications of Art and Design (past and present).
  •       Enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, initiative and independence.
  •       Enable pupils to be aware of career opportunities in Art and Design.




“Creativity in education is not an excuse

for a free-for-all, or for a relaxing of the driveto raise standards.

On the contrary,

creativity and excellence go hand-in-hand,

reinforcing each other and pushing up


Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP

Secretary of State for Education and Skills






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