Year 9

Normally, all students in Year 9 follow a foundation course in art, which introduces them to the wide scope of the department’s work. At all times the students are encouraged to view their own practical work within an art-historical context. Their practical projects are arranged on a thematic basis, which is related to the work of contemporary and past artists. At the end of the academic year the students may opt to develop their interests as part of the GCSE art course. Drawing is considered by the department to be an essential skill which students must acquire if they wish to pursue art to a higher level.

Years 10 & 11

The department presently follows the OCR Subject Specification in Art. The GCSE Art course runs over two years.

The students develop the ability to research and develop their own creative ideas from both observation and imagination. They acquire a range of practical skills in different media and experiment with a variety of materials and techniques. Work by contemporary and historical artists is studied within the context of the students’ practical projects. Students are encouraged to visit galleries and exhibitions so that works of art can be studied first hand. Organised trips are an integral part of the course. During Year 10 students begin their coursework portfolio project on a theme set by the department within the disciplines of Fine Art. These disciplines may include painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital photography. Drawing is taught and assessed as a core skill throughout the course.

The Lent term in Year 11 is devoted to the Externally Set Task examination project, which is taken within a Fine Art discipline of the candidate’s choice. The final assessment is made from a selection of the candidate’s work completed over the two years, in addition to the examination project.

Years 12 & 13

Art and Design are taught following the OCR Subject Specification A Level Art and Design: Fine Art (H601)

This is offered within the Fine Art disciplines of painting, printmaking and sculpture. Photography, enhanced through digital editing, is expected as a key and highly effective method of collecting material from primary sources and developing ideas. 

The A Level is based on two components of assessed work:

The Personal Investigation (60%)
The Externally Set Task (40%)

The course is taught over two years.

Year 12 Autumn term and first half of the Lent term are dedicated to skill building with a primary focus on observational drawing.

After Year 12 Lent half term students begin their A Level Personal Investigation which will be completed by end of the first half of the Lent term in Year 13. 

The Personal investigation represents 60% of the marks for the A Level.

There are two elements to the Personal Investigation

Element 1: Practical portfolio (48%)
Element 2: Related Study (12%)

After Lent Half term in Year 13 students prepare for the A level External Set Task

The Externally Set Task is a 15 hour practical examination.  Preparation for the examination will begin in the Lent term.  In response to a set theme students will be assessed on the planning, and preparation of their ideas, as well as the work produced during the fifteen-hour practical examination, which will take place during the first half of the Summer term.

AS Art

Some students may elect to take AS art and not progress to the full A Level

AS is taught in Year 12 following OCR Subject Specification AS Level Art and Design: Fine Art (H201)

The focus of the course is on painting and drawing, with additional supporting work in photography and digital editing.

The AS Level is based on one component of assessed work

The AS Externally Set Task (100%)

In the Autumn term, Year 12 students follow the introductory non assessed skill building programme of study. In January Year 12, students will begin preparation for the assessed AS Externally Set Task.

The Externally Set Task is a ten hour practical examination.  Preparation for the examination will begin in the Lent term.  In response to a set theme students will be assessed on the planning, and preparation of their ideas, as well as the work produced during the ten-hour practical examination, which will take place early during the first half of the Summer Term.