Type and Level of Qualification: GCSE Level 1/2

Exam Board and syllabus: Edexcel

Course code: 2AD01

Course Content

The course involves theme based projects where students compile a work journal demonstrating their skills in researching, collecting images to work from, making detailed drawings, doing studies from and writing about artists’ work and trying out ideas and different materials. This will enable them to produce a personal response in the form of a completed piece of work.

Methods of assessment

Controlled Assessment requirements:

Unit 1

Students are assessed on 45 hours of work produced in controlled classroom conditions. The portfolio produced in this unit is worth 60% of the final grade.

  • First project: Oceans
  • Second project: Structures


Unit 2

Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design

Producing a personal outcome or outcomes under exam conditions within 10 hours. Students demonstrate knowledge and skills they have learned during Unit 1, under controlled conditions. Each unit is assessed using the following four assessment objectives, each worth 25% of the overall:


  • AO1: develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
  • AO2: refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
  • AO4: present a personal, informed and meaningful response, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Key  dates of assessments

Unit 1: 45 hours of controlled assessment, this will take place in class and class work and homework will be completed at home.

Unit 2: 8 weeks working to a theme set by the exam board which culminates in a 10 hour, two day exam in May of Year 11


Additional textbooks and Supporting materials


How parents can help

  • Sketchbooks should be taken home between lessons and research should be ongoing.
  • Encourage students to do their own research and work in their sketchbooks in an individual way.
  • Independent trips to galleries and museums
  • Well developed sketchbooks always add marks.


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