Year 11

Year 11 Curriculum Plan – Art, Craft and Design GCSE

Curriculum Area: Expressive Arts – Art and Design

Examination Specification: AQA 8201

Overview of Course Content

This course will develop a range of skills including:

  • Drawing, printing and 2D work
  • 3D and sculptural work
  • Research and analysis of a range of artists
  • Developing an idea from a starting point using contextual references
  • Presentation of work
  • Creating individual and creative responses to a theme


Learning will be assessed by:

Unit 1 – 60% Project based coursework. Divided into three main projects and a mock exam these combine to make one large portfolio.

Unit2 – 40% One 10 hour examination where a final response is made under exam conditions. The exam project will begin 6-8 weeks prior to the exam time for students to create the supporting sketchbooks


Half Term


Overview of controlled assessment/coursework (if relevant)

Autumn 1



Third Project (structures) begins:

Students look at artists linking to the theme “Structures” producing studies in a range of materials from the selection of artists and in response to these artists.

A theme is chosen to base their sculpture on and relevant studies are made in a range of materials.



Autumn 2



Continuation of project 3:

Completion of outstanding work from project three.

Students produce their final response to the Structures project using their planning and research.



Spring 1

Outstanding coursework completed ready for submission


Externally set task

Exam paper given:

 Students select one of seven questions from the exam paper and begin to prepare their sketchbooks following the same structure as their previous projects.


Spring 2

Externally set task


Students continue to prepare their sketchbooks following the same structure as their previous projects for their exam.



Summer 1

Externally set task

Final Exam: Final response is produced in exam conditions in the art rooms (10 hours) over two days


Final hand in of all Coursework sketchbooks and final responses





Summer 2

Course ended