Curriculum Intent

Here at Parklands we offer a high quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. 


What will your child study in KS3?

Key Stage 3 is focused on developing skills and understanding through the formal elements of art. These are incorporated into different themes in Years 7 and 8 which allow students to explore a range of materials, techniques and creative activities. Themes studied range from; natural forms, bugs and insects, illuminated letters, typography,movement & portraiture. Relevant areas of Art History are studied within each project, allowing students to experience the work of a variety of artists from different genres; these are used as the inspiration for students’ own work. There is a strong emphasis on engaging with the work of other artists and cultures and for students to develop their critical analysis skills alongside their practical work.


GCSE/Btec course exam boards specification links 

National Curriculum- Art and design programmes of study

AQA Art and Design specification

KS4 content summary

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature. There are seven endorsements that make up the GCSE Art and design specification. Here at Parklands we offer two of these, Fine Art and Photography.

The two component specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Themes studied range from; animals, human figure, human condition, fantastic and strange, war, identity and man vs nature.



Component 1: Portfolio

What's assessed A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

How it's assessed 

• No time limit 

• 96 marks 

• 60% of GCSE

Component 2: Externally set assignment

What's assessed Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it's assessed 

• Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time 

• 96 marks

• 40% of GCSE


Revision Guides

GCSE bitesize Art and Design


Mr G Wood - Curriculum Leader Art and Photography

Mrs C Batson - Teacher of Art and Deputy Head Teacher


Mr S Flynn - Teacher of Art and Photography

Miss C Sawyer- Teacher of KS3 Art and Design Technology


Careers with Art and Design

Extra Curricular Activities

Lunch time Art club is held every Tuesday and Thursday in E11 for Key Stage 4.

Lunch time Art club is held every Wednesday in E11 for Key Stage 3.

After school Art and Photography is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in all Art and Photographic rooms.


How parents can support their children

Key Stage 3 Students are all expected to receive homework every fortnight. Students are given a structure and timeline to work to. They will be given regular deadlines to meet and should use class time and homework time to complete all the set tasks in the given time.  

Key Stage 4 students are expected to do an additional 2 hours per week outside of the classroom. Parents could familiarise themselves and their child with published deadlines using the ‘My homework app’ on the school website, and ensure that these are consistently met. Parents should try to ensure that a quiet place is available for homework to be completed without distraction and that their child produces the best work that they are capable of. Parents should contact their child’s Art or Photography teacher with any concerns via school email.

Parents can also support their child's progress by providing Art and Photographic materials at home. If students choose Photography at GCSE then they are all expected to have their own digital camera, USB stick and SIM card. It would be very beneficial for Fine Art students to have good quality materials to use at home such as a range of drawing pencils, a good set of watercolour paints and IT resources to access, artist links, homework and regular formative assessment from their teacher.

Students from Mr Wood's year 9 GCSE art class took part in an etching workshop at Newman college on Tuesday 25th June. Students had the opportunity to push their creative skills by learning  a new art process. All students were fully engaged and loved the experience.