In Art and Design we will encourage you to realise your true creative potential. You will stimulate your ideas using visual language, and explore the styles and influences of different artists. Working with a variety of materials and techniques will encourage you to become more independent and experimental.

Visits outside the classroom will make you aware of work of other artists and designers, which will support your learning and introduce you to professional practice. You will develop a firm basis in the skills, understanding and knowledge that employers across many industries are looking for.


This course consists of two units.

  • Unit 3: Personal Investigation
    This a practical unit with written elements in which you are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. The practical elements should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople.
  • Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment
    Separate question papers will be set for each option. These will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. You are required to select one.


There are four Assessment Objectives.

  • AO1
    Develop your ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
  • AO2
    Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining your ideas as your work develops.
  • AO3
    Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to your intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on your work and progress.
  • AO4
    Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.


In-school opportunities include workshops with practising artists. These workshops may include activities such as life drawing, screen printing, book binding.

Out of school there will be opportunities to visit universities and London galleries.

Future Paths

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Art, you could progress to University.
    Potential courses include:
    > Advertising
    > Animation
    > Architectural Design
    > Ceramics
    > Fashion
    > Graphic Design
    > Interior Design
    > Jewellery
    > Photography
    > Textiles
    > Theatre Design
  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with an Art qualification include:
    > Advertising
    > Commercial Art
    > Graphic Design
    > Exhibition Design
    > Marketing
    > Film and Television
    > Fashion and Textiles
    > Teaching