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The Art & Design course consists of two statutory areas; a portfolio of work (coursework) and externally set task (exam). The coursework takes place over a three year period, during which time pupils will explore a variety of creative processes in areas such as print making, textiles, sculpture, drawing and painting. The aim of the coursework is to allow pupils to learn and develop creative skills prior to working on two extended projects (each lasting approximately two terms). 

Each project requires pupils to cover 4 assessment areas…

* A01 Contextual Understanding

* A02 Creative Making     

* A03 Reflective Recording

* A04 Personal Presentation

The portfolio of work is marked out of 120 and is worth 60% of the GCSE grade.

During these projects, pupils will gain an understanding of different concepts of Art and Design, using a variety of materials and processes to build on skills learnt in KS3. Pupils are required to work outside of lessons researching and developing ideas and, although pupils start at the same point, they must independently develop their ideas and make their projects personal to their skills and interests.

In the final term of Year 11 the exam is given to pupils; this consists of a selection of starting points that are either one word starters, visual starters or specific tasks.  Pupils must choose the question they feel they could work well with and be able to answer the question in a visual fashion.  Each pupil is expected to use the weeks prior to the exam to prepare work that meets each of the assessment objectives. The exam preparation time extends over a period of 12 weeks and ends with a 10 hour examination.

The exam is marked out of 80 and is worth 40% of the GCSE grade.

All work is collected and marked internally 2 weeks before May Half Term of Year 11 and an Examiner will attend to moderate marks in June. Any work not submitted on time will not be considered for marking.


Students will be encouraged to develop their practical skills and enhance their appreciation and understanding of Drama.  Students are encouraged to keep a drama log throughout the course, in which they record their progress week by week.  The log assists students in preparing for the written exam.

Students follow the EDUQAS specification for GCSE Drama. They are assessed for the following components:

Component 1 – Devising Theatre (40%)

 Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre based on either the work of a theatre practitioner or a genre in response to a stimulus set by WJEC.

Students must produce:

  • a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
  • a portfolio of supporting evidence
  • an evaluation of the final performance or design.

Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2 – Performing from a text (20%)

 Students will be assessed on either acting or design.
Students study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre.
Students participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts

Externally assessed by a visiting examiner in April/May

 Component 3 – Interpreting Theatre (Written Examination 40%)

 Section A: Set Text

A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:

  1. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  2. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht
  3. Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller
  4. War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
  5. DNA, Dennis Kelly.

Section B: Live Theatre Review

One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

Written Exam Paper: 1 hour, 30 minutes




Ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you enjoy listening to music?

* Do you enjoy performing music?

* Do you enjoy creating music learning?

Music is a subject which can be accessed by everyone.  The current specification is from Eduqas, a more modern board that caters for a more modern student. The GCSE is divided into three units, 1 & 2 being ‘coursework’. 

•Performing Music: Two performances on any instrument (including voice). One solo, one in a group -internally assessed -30%

•Composing and Appraising Music: Two pieces of music written by you -Extermally assessed –30%

•Listening to and Appraising Music: Listening exam at the end of the course –40%

You DO NOT need to be able to read music to study GCSE Music. It obviously helps, but it is NOT an essential requirement. 

The key part of this course is that you are dedicated to self improvement… always ask yourself; “How can I be better at what I do?” If you are this person you WILL succeed in this course.

Music requires transferable skills which you will need throughout your life – teamwork, cooperation and listening to others when playing in ensembles; self management and discipline when composing and practising; self-esteem and confidence when performing…

KS3 New Curriculum

Music Year 8
Music Year 7
Art Year 8
Art Year 7
Drama KS3

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