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In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a structured scheme of work that provides basic building block skills as well as opportunities to creatively interpret set briefs. Each student works in their own A5 sketchbook to record observations, experiment and design final pieces. All students are taught Art up to Year 9, when a large number opt to continue their studies at GCSE.

Year 7Year 8Year 9 
Mark Making  
Under the Sea  
Monsters and Aliens
Teesha Moore 
Frank Stella 
African Art
Gothic Art
Street Art 
Yellena James 
Priscilla Jones 
Cori Dantini/Ceramic owls 
Stacking animals 

At GCSE, students are encouraged to develop more refined skills and critically analyse their own and other artists’ work. This allows them to understand the context of their work and the inspiration behind different types of artwork.

Students will usually complete 3 projects from the list below and then undertake the externally set assignment after Christmas in Year 11.

Year 10Year 11
Natural Forms
East meets West
Steam Punk/Mythical Creatures
David Carson 
Externally Set Assignment
Examination Board: AQA Art, Craft and Design (8201)
The course consists of 2 units; the Coursework unit and the Externally Assessed Assignment. During the GCSE course students complete a range of projects based on a variety of themes, which make up 60% of the final GCSE grade. At the end of the course, students complete an externally set task which comprises the remaining 40%. This involves students selecting a question from an examination paper and then producing their own personal response to the theme.

Portfolio 60%
Students will complete a portfolio of work, that will include one full project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the production of a final piece. They will also complete a selection of smaller projects as part of the portfolio that will make up the ‘coursework’ element of the qualification.

Externally Set Assignment 40%
The externally set assignment will be carried out in the spring term of Year 11. Students will research and design their own project during the preparatory period and then produce a final piece in 10 hours based on a statement issued by the examining board.

Mr S Taylor | Subject Leader – Creative Industries | taylors@prentonhighschool.co.uk