Course Level: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Specification link: Art - Craft and Design

Entry requirements: Must have studied Art at key stage 3 with a keen interest

Course Description

Component 1 60% coursework 

Year 9 – Will be exloring the foundations of art craft and design components through mini projects and workshops, building on relevant skills required, finishing on a project in more depth.

Year 10- Complete 3 mini projects which cover a range of art mediums, styles, exploring art, craft and design. Finalising on beginning of their sustained project, which will be continued into year 11 until December.

DCL will be incorporated as thematic ideas for the projects.

Each student must select and present a portfolio representative of their course of study.

The portfolio must include both: 

1.     A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study. 

 2.     A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student’s specific role in any group work undertaken. 

 3.     Evidence of Drawing and annotation is compulsory evidence throughout the course delivery.

 Component 2 40% exam:

 AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title. 

The externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point. 

 This is from January to April/May

Course Profile

Career Pathways

GCSE Art leads to Level 3 FINE ART/L 3 BTEC Architecture/T-Levels/Apprenticeship. 

These then lead onto foundation courses that specialise in specific art genres such as game design/ 3d design/ fine art/animation/ costume design/theatre production/ photography/ graphic and illustration/art therapy.

Level 4 degree courses/Higher Apprenticeships. 


Job opportunities

Art and design is a subject that is highly regarded at universities. It shows you can think creatively and look for other angles in problem solving. 

Art jobs vary enormously - use this link to see over 150 jobs.


Further reading

Arts jobs and news

Making a mark - the importance of arts, crafts and design.