Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 the students have one lesson each week allowing them to fully investigate, develop and practise a variety of artistic themes.

Students focus on a range of topics allowing them to develop research skills, a critical and contextual understanding of an Artist’s work, developing skills with various techniques and media, and creating original art work developed from their studies. These areas have been developed with the new guidance offered by the National Curriculum which follows below.

The New National Curriculum for Art and Design 2014

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Key Stage 3 Areas of Study
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1 Art Skill & Techniques Perspective Portraiture
Term 2 Fauvism & Religious Art Pop Art Three Dimensional Design
Term 3 My Places Digital Art Contextual Studies



Alongside these topics, each student receives homework and micro-projects that allow them to further develop their knowledge and skills.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students study the AQA GCSE Art & Design (Year 10 –8201 & Year 11 -4200) specification which allows students to follow a broad range of disciplines catering for individual students own interests.

The course consists of 2 units of work which the students will be assessed on. They must ensure all Assessment Objectives are completed to ensure they achieve their full potential. These include developing ideas, recording ideas, refining ideas and presenting a personal response. Throughout the year we also study a number of ‘Micro Projects’ that may focus on a specific area to strengthen the groups learning, or possibly individual projects allowing all students to progress and succeed.

The units set out by AQA are as follows:

Unit 1 – Portfolio of work

This is worth up to 60% of the marks and must include work selected from projects undertaken during the course of study. This must include more than one project.

Unit 2 – Externally set task

This is worth up to 40% of the marks and is the student’s individual response to their chosen starting point that will be given by the awarding body. The students have unlimited preparation time on this piece followed by a 10 hour period of sustained study.

Click here to view the curriculum plan for this subject.