Key Stage 4 Art and Design

The Art and Design curriculum area is a creative and varied area where pupils of all abilities can participate and achieve. Opportunities within this subject include: drawing and painting, 3D work, textiles, graphics, photography and ICT work.


Staff Member                          Role

  • Mrs H Flaherty         |     Curriculum and Progress Manager
  • Mrs K Yeandle          |     Teacher of Art


KS4 Course Outline


Year 10

  • Introduction to course
  • Start coursework portfolio
  • Choose theme, complete research
  • Study artists for inspiration
  • Workshops using different media
  • Develop own ideas
  • Start pieces out of sketchbook
  • Annotation of work

Year 11

  • Continue to develop own ideas
  • Continue pieces out of sketchbook
  • Develop ideas for final outcomes
  • Create final outcomes
  • Evaluation of coursework portfolio
  • Start preparatory work for exam
  • Complete preparatory work for exam
  • Undertake final exam – 10 hours
  • Final presentation of work

KS4 Information

Assessment – How is work assessed?

  • Work is assessed informally on a regular basis and pupils are given guidance
  • Work is assessed formally on a half termly basis through interim assessment sheets
  • In Year 11 coursework is marked using the GCSE mark sheets
  • Final coursework and exam work is internally assessed by teachers and externally assessed by a visiting moderator from the exam board

Homework – Frequency and type of work

  • Pupils are encouraged to work on their coursework on a regular basis and are set targets
  • Pupils are offered lunchtime or after school sessions for further support
  • Pupils are sometimes given particular tasks such as research or completing work

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage them to set aside time regularly to work on their coursework
  • Encourage them to attend lunchtime or after school sessions where possible
  • Encourage them to take photos, produce sketches and visit galleries whenever possible

Equipment Required

  • 2 sketchbooks – one for coursework, one for exam. Available to buy from school if you wish
  • Basic equipment such as: pencils, coloured pencils or pastels, thin paintbrush, eraser, scissors, glue, pens


Link for WJEC Website – helpful information and course specifications 

KS4 Subjects