Art & Design

Key Stage 3


Students will produce creative work, exploring and recording their experiences.  They will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design.  Students will learn how to evaluate and analyse artworks and understand many great artists, craft makers and designers.

Year 7

Year 7 students will be exploring the themes ‘Day of the Dead’, ‘Tutti Frutti’ and ‘Machina Madness’.  The projects will enable students to develop a range of skills, techniques and processes whilst working in both 2D and 3D materials, such as salt dough.

Year 8

Year 8 students will be exploring the themes ‘Come Fly with Me’, ‘Sweet and Sour’ and ‘Bonkers Buildings’.  All projects will enable students to develop a range of skills, techniques and processes whilst working in both 2D and 3D materials, such as clay.

Year 9

Year 9 students will be exploring the themes ‘Cells’ and ‘Identity’.  They will also develop a personal project that will encompass both 2D and 3D knowledge skills, processes and techniques gained in Years 7 and 8 and which will enable them to develop a more independent approach to their work in preparation for the BTEC course at Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 4

Examination board / awarding body: Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Art and Design

Why study Art and Design?

This course has been designed to prepare you for the world of Art and Design. It will inspire you to engage with authentic art and design practices. It will involve you becoming familiar with the language, practices and processes of the art and design professional, whilst developing your own creative skills and expression. You will be learning through doing! The BTEC course is the equivalent to one GCSE.  BTEC qualifications are valued by employers and in higher education. You may go on to study a wide range of subjects related to Art & Design: textiles, photography, sculpture, architecture, web design, ceramics, make-up artist, fashion design, tattoo artist, graphic design, illustration, animation, product design – the list goes on!



The course is practical and you will be building a portfolio of work as you learn. The portfolio will include sketchbooks, written work, loose sheets, samples and outcomes.

The BTEC Level 2 is made up of four units; two of the units are mandatory and two are specialist. One of the mandatory units is externally set by the exam board. At the end of this unit you will be doing a 10-hour exam.

The units are:

Unit 1 introduction to specialist Pathways in Art and design.

Unit 2 Creative Project in Art and design (externally set).

Unit 3 Communicating ideas in 2D.

Unit 4 Communicating ideas in 3D.

Each unit is broken down into assignments; each assignment will include a scenario/brief, tasks and evidence needed to complete it. You need to understand the criteria required to achieve a ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. These will also be on the assignment.



The course is assessed in two ways.  Units 1, 3 and 4 are internally assessed by your teacher.  These are worth 75% of your overall grade.  Unit 2, the externally set assignment, is marked by your teacher and externally moderated.  This unit is worth 25% of your overall grade.

You will achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* at the end of the course.

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