Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of the units outlined below. These cover a wide range of skills, media & techniques and a range of contextual sources. Pupils will develop their strengths in these identified key areas before moving each term onto another focussed set of skills.

Assessment: All assessments are completed in class in order to build up vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Pupils are made aware of what they are being assessed on and how they are assessed early on in the unit.  These assessments are based on 4 Assessment Objectives (AO’s) which have been devised from the GCSE specifications, a copy if which can be found at the front of your child’s sketchbook.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, the Art GCSE course is examined and assessed by WJEC. Across the key stage, the skills introduced to pupils throughout Key Stage 3 are developed. Students will cover painting, drawing, printing and sculptural work during the key stage. Students explore and experiment through the development of coursework folders and final pieces linking to a number of themes/ titles.


60% - Coursework folders and final pieces.
40% - Externally set coursework with a 10 hour controlled assessment final piece.

The following table shows the topics studied;

7 Exploring the elements of Art Colour exploration. Animal mask sculptures
8 Pattern exploration. Stencil prints linking to street Art History of Art through timeline development.
9 Food project covering key skills Animal project focusing on developing design ideas. Book carving linking to personal identity
10 Drawing & painting Portraiture project Print & mixed media Natural forms project Print & mixed media Natural forms project
11 Final piece development with 10 hour exam Externally set assignment Externally set assignment

Where does this lead:

Students could continue to study Art at post 16 either by taking an Alevel or Level 3 course.

Following a post 16 course some students may complete an Art Foundation before taking up an Art based degree or go straight to College/ University.

Future careers include: Artist, Photographer, Architect, Designer, Fashion & Textile designer, Fashion & Buying career, Graphic Designer, Art Teacher & Art Therapist.

The Creative Industry is a growing sector in the UK and there are nearly 2 million jobs available in this industry, this is approximately 1 in every 12 jobs in the UK