Art, Craft & Design

GCSE Art & Design – Art, Craft & Design

The GCSE Art and Design course is structured to provide opportunities for students to gain experiences of Art and Design from a broad introductory foundation gained at Key Stage 3.

Students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings.  They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity.  They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. 

Students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality , value and meaning.  They learn to think and act as artists craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently.  They develop an appreciation of art and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich our lives.

The WJEC GCSE course in Art & Design offers students the opportunity to specialise in one of two areas of study, which can be described as art-based, craft-based and/or design-based.

  • Art and Design—Art, Craft and Design
  • Art and Design—Photography (still life / documentary / photographing people / places, experimental imagery, video, animation

Each of these areas of study is recognized as a distinct GCSE qualification.  Our students commence their GCSE course in Year 9, with the first part of the course being designed to broaden and develop the skills needed for GCSE studies.

In Years 10 and 11, students develop an individual coursework portfolio that can incorporate the above areas of study and comprises 60% of the GCSE grade.  In the spring term of Year 11, pupils undertake the examination element of the GCSE which culminates in a ten-hour practical examination; this is a” hands on”, practical course.

A copy of the WJEC Art & Design syllabus specification may be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

WJEC GCSE Art & Design Spec 2016+

If you would like information about the AS / A2 Art & Design – Art, Craft & Design course of study, please visit the relevant web pages in our Sixth Form Centre or click on a link below:

Each area of study offered at GCSE is summarised in the table below: