In Year 9 you will be given the tools to develop and explore your own creative ideas, thoughts and processes. You will be exposed to a range of eclectic processes through the delivery of six independent projects. Each project will focus on a key medium and key art history movement. Within each project you will be encouraged to improve your fundamental developing, experimenting, recording and presenting skills.

You will cover six distinct areas of study: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and printmaking, concluding with a self-directed project. Each project is designed to challenge your creativity, independence and subject knowledge. Embedded in each project are strong historical references as you develop your thoughts and work in response.


The learning intention in this project is to expose students to the masters of drawing as they develop their ideas and explore a range of mark making techniques. Students will draw on the work of historical and contemporary drawings as they create work that is independent and personally developed


The learning intention in this project is to respond to the work of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. Students will develop skills in acrylic and watercolour paintings as they explore contrasting styles. Students will combine ideas from historical and contemporary painters as they create a response that is well developed.


The learning intention in this project is to respond to the Cubism manifesto within the medium of sculpture. Students will explore relief work and clay work as they respond to primary photography and develop personal outcomes.


The learning intention in this project is to expose students to the strong vivid colour and sharp crisp line work of Futurism as they adopt a range of print making processes. Students will explore monotype printing with oil and ink. Students will then develope a contemporary response to Futurism as they explore polytile printing as a personal outcome.


The learning intention in this project is to respond to the juxtaposition of Surrealism within photography. Students will develop a core understanding of the principals of exposure. Students will conclude by responding to the work of photographers and artists with their own digitally manipulated photography.


The learning intention in this project is to foster an attitude of independence and accountability. Students will respond to processes, techniques, mediums and contextual links as they create a study that is personal and well developed. Students will draw influence from a range of contextual sources as they create their ‘Final Piece’ for the foundation year.



Students are expected to maintain a contextual journal. Their journal will document and record any interactions they have with art in the real world. Evidence will be collected from visiting artist workshops, gallery visits, lectures and external experiences. It is important that students engage with the art world throughout their time at GCSE to enrich and contextualise their own practice.


Portfolio of work based on a given theme, covering a variety of skills and techniques. This is monitored and assessed throughout the year, in line with AQA assessment criteria. Students will be expected to demonstrate four key areas.

AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.



This will be a sustained response to the development of an idea, including appropriate selection of materials and technique. The final response will also demonstrate a development from sophisticated contextual links that are informed and relevant.

COMPONENT 2: Externally set assignment Issued from January during the year of examination for a preparatory period. This involves creating a body of work that covers all of the assessment objectives, concluding with 10 hours of unaided focused study, under supervision (examination conditions), during which students will produce their final response.