Qualification: GCSE Art and Design

Exam Board: WJEC

What are the main topics I will study for this qualification?
The qualification features a wide range of skills including Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art,
Graphic Communication and Photography. Students work to their strengths and follow a
skills based program of study in year 10 and use this experience to produce personal
projects in year 11.

How will I be assessed in the subject?

Component 1: Portfolio; 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.

Component 2: Externally set assignment; 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. The extended creative response must explicitly evidence students’ ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skill and/or understanding from initial engagement with their selected starting point through to their realisation of intentions in the 10 hours of supervised time.

Am I suited to GCSE Art and Design?
The ability to draw and continue to develop drawing skills is a core part of the course. Other skills and techniques including graphic art and digital art are also core skills which might allow a student to explore other creative responses.

What current students say about the qualification?
“Art is really good as you can express yourself without being wrong. It is a very broad
subject and you learn about lots of different styles of Art.” Year 10 GCSE Art and Design
Student.