Course code:

1028 Fine Art (full course)



2 years


Aims of the course:

This course calls for an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design and aims to develop skills to express this approach.  The students will develop an understanding of past and contemporary art and design and be able to produce a personal response embracing a range of ideas.

Students will develop a working knowledge of the materials, practices and technology of art and design as well as gaining the skills to investigate, analyse and experiment using art, craft and design.  Students will develop their imaginative powers and the ability to express their ideas and feelings.

The emphasis in this GCSE is on the process of developing both ideas and work.  Central to this is the work journal – similar to a sketchbook.

Levels available:

Grades ‘A*’ to ‘G’


Topics covered:

Direct observation (figures, still life, portraits, the environment both natural and man-made); gathering resources to stimulate and develop ideas; exploring different techniques (pencil, watercolours, inks, gouache, wax pastels, collage, chalk pastels, charcoal and papier-mache); understanding the work of artists; selecting source materials.


By coursework and by examination, at the end of the 2 year course

Assessment details:

Paper 1: 2 units of coursework, weighted at 60%.

Paper 2: Preparatory work over several weeks and an examination lasting 10 hours (over several days) and is weighted at 40%



Your coursework, in your work journals and elsewhere, should include research, supporting studies and work showing the development of your ideas, leading to one or more outcomes –usually finished pieces of work. Your teacher will set you assignments and tasks.


Paper 2: Externally Set Assignment.

This will take the form of a broad theme – for example, it could be something like ‘Journeys’ or ‘Time’.

The Externally Set Paper will also contain some suggestions for possible starting points and directions or areas of study, to help you develop your response and to give you ideas regarding your research. You will then have several weeks in which to prepare for the timed test. During this time, you should explore the theme in your work journal and in preparatory studies – you can discuss it with your teacher – and prepare your response in your chosen medium.

At the end of this period, you will sit a 10 hour timed examination, during which you will produce your final piece(s) of work. Your preparatory and developmental work, along with your final piece, will then be submitted for assessment.

This Externally set assignment  is weighted at 40%

Leads to:

In this course, you will cover the study of art, craft and design and acquire the ability to investigate, analyse and experiment. You will also develop practical skills to express ideas and use visual language. This course will therefore enable you to develop skills which will be essential to you whatever you go on to do afterwards.

The other skills you can develop during this course will be skills in communication, information technology, improving own learning and performance, working with others and problem solving.