NRC Secondary – Art

Key Stage 4 – ART

About the Course

At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel GSCE syllabus for Art, Craft and Design. Students build upon their Key Stage 3 skills and knowledge to meet four assessment objectives. The course involves two units, comprising of a coursework portfolio and an externally set assignment (including 10-hour exam, spread over a number of days).

Students have the opportunity to explore and develop their art skills in a wide range of areas and are encouraged to develop individual ideas and outcomes. They take risks through experimentation and reflect on their work and that of others. This promotes self-confidence and builds students’ self-esteem to learn from mistakes and become independent learners.

Skills and knowledge KS4

Year 10 – Year 11 (January)

Unit 1 – Coursework Portfolio 60%

o Develop and explore ideas

o Research primary and contextual sources

o Experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes

o Present personal response(s) to set theme(s)

Access our curriculum map for Year 10 here

Year 11 (January – May)

Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment (ESA) 40%

o Develop and explore ideas

o Research primary and contextual sources

o Experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes

o Present personal response(s) to the externally-set theme

Access our curriculum map for Year 11 here

Bronze Arts Award

We also offer the Bronze Arts Award Certificate, a Level 1 course. Students can work towards gaining this qualification particularly if they arrive late into the year 11 term or are due to transition back to a mainstream setting.

How will students be assessed?

  • Students coursework portfolio is continually marked via written and verbal formative feedback from teachers, with opportunities to develop work further.
  • There are mock exams throughout Year 10 and Year 11, with the work counting towards student’s portfolios.
  • For GCSE and Bronze Arts Award, students work will be externally moderated.