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Art, Craft & Design GCSE at Biddenham Upper School and Sports College

Course description

Learn the broad skills, knowledge and understanding of Art, Craft and Design including drawing for practical art & design work. This course provides a basic understanding of the creative process in the visual arts and the relevant skills for progression to Art, Craft & Design at level 3: Applied Art & Design L3, A Level Art & Design or employment in the Art & design sector.

The critical elements for an artist or designer are the successful communication of a message through the organisation of words, symbols and images. Areas covered will be Illustration, Typography (Lettering) and Printmaking as well as drawing painting and mixed media. It encourages candidates to develop the skills of problem solving, interpreting visual material, analysis and evaluation. The specification is relevant to everyday life through the study of relevant moral and ethical areas of Art & Design.

Course content

Though there are many skills to learn, your teacher will use a variety of methods to deliver the subject. There will be teacher input and demonstrations, question and answer sessions, practical work, individual work, group work, discussions and student presentations. You will be expected to read a lot to reinforce your knowledge and understanding, apply yourself to solve creative problems and issues; carry out independent research, contribute to class discussions and activities and be committed to hard work.

Entry requirements

Grade D at GCSE Art & Design-Unendorsed is desirable. The main requirement is that you an interest in learning how to draw using a variety of media, enjoy developing ideas and have a desire to learn practical skills. You need to be prepared to master technical skills and work to deadlines.


There are two components to the course of study as follows: 

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio – Coursework 60% of Qualification 

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment – Practical Examination 40% of Qualification.

NB: The paper is given out 8 school weeks prior to the examination. 

There are four Assessment Objectives:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through visual investigations, fed by your artists’ and contextual research, showing analytical & cultural understanding.
  • AO2: Refine, improve and make better the first idea, through experimenting and by selecting suitable techniques, media, materials and processes. Move your idea forward by reviewing your techniques.
  • AO3: Record visual ideas and observations (drawing etc.) from primary and secondary sources, with written insights as necessary to explain your intentions. Make a relevant selection of visual elements (e.g. line, tone, colour, texture etc.), to record; to support and communicate your ideas.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful final piece making analytical & critical connections with your preparation. Organise your supporting studies to show your design journey.

Financial information

We may visit local or national places of interest which may incur travel costs.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to progress onto Level 3 Applied Art & design,
AS/A2 Art & Design or employment.

Further information

Course Contact: Mr A Kavanagh,

Examination Board:

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Biddenham Upper School and Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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