GCSE Art, Craft and Design provides students with a strong foundation for progression into further and higher education in Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways. Students are given a presentation talk on career choices and pathways in Year 10, including a look at A-level Art, Craft and Design.
Various trips to look in depth at artist work, visits to art galleries and local colleges take place each year. Artist investigations as part of KS3 schemes of work give students an understanding of what is required for a career in the subject area.
Students explore the different career pathways/specialisms that they could undertake with a career in Art; for example fine art, sculpture, painting, graphic design, ceramics, drawing, print making, art history, art education and art therapy.
The GCSE Art, Craft and Design course follows the AQA Examination Board Syllabus. During the two years you will learn practical skills and develop your knowledge and understanding of Art and Design. You will produce an exhibition of work and this will prepare you for the externally set task in Year 11.
During the two years, you will be expected to develop work in the following areas; painting and drawing, textiles, print making, 3D design construction and graphic design.
The course is arranged as a series of projects. These will cover a range of subjects and processes and each lasts for about one term. We will look at the work of other artists, both past and present, and all students will be expected to complete homework in a sketchbook.
In Design and Technology, students are given the opportunity to experience the variety of roles involved in each subject area, including client, designer, maker, manager, user etc throughout KS3 and KS4.
In Product Design, Textiles Technology and Food Technology, students must explore two designers/chefs in depth (pre-set by the exam board).
They look in detail at the personal life of both designers or chefs, what educational experiences they have had and their career progression to date. Students explore the work of the designer or chef and what influence this has on the industry. Students can select a design brief to influence their work based on one of the designers and there is a 10 mark question in the examination about one or both designers/chefs that have been investigated.
This year's role models are Phillipe Starck and James Dyson for Product Design, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal for Food and Stella McCartney and Matthew Williamson for Textiles.
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is a new, exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.
Subject Content – What is covered?
Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:
1) Food, nutrition and health – macro nutrients, micro nutrients, nutritional needs and health.
2) Food science – cooking of food, heat transfer and the functional and chemical properties of food.
3) Food safety – food spoilage, contamination and the principles of food safety.
4) Food choice – factors affecting food choice, British and international cuisines, sensory evaluation, food labelling and marketing.
5) Food provenance – environmental impact and sustainability of food, food processing and production.
How will this qualification be assessed?
EXAM: Paper 1: Food Preparation and Nutrition (50%) Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
The paper will be made up of 20 multiple choice questions worth 20 Marks and 5 questions each with a number of sub questions worth 80 marks.
NON- EXAM ASSESSMENT (NEA): Task 1: Food Science Investigation (15%) Written Report Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.
Students will submit a written report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.
NON- EXAM ASSESSMENT (NEA): Task 2: Food Preparation Assessment (35%) Written Portfolio
Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.
Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.
Students will submit a written portfolio (15 A3 pages) including photographic evidence.
In GCSE Product Design, students are given the opportunity to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests.
Product Design develops students’ interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.
Subject Content—What is covered?
· Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge, skills and understanding when designing and making products.
· In year 10, students study six mini projects including; designer furniture, lighting solutions, cosmetics, body adornment / jewellery, speaker systems and concept modelling (gaming devices).
· Each project focuses on developing one of the five key skills; exploring and investigating, communicating ideas, planning, making and evaluating.
· Students work predominantly in resistant materials such as wood, plastic and metal but may consider other materials such as composites and textiles where appropriate.
· Students study micro and nanotechnology and are encouraged to design intelligence into their products including the use of smart materials and electronics.
· Students will have the opportunity to use the most up to date commercial manufacturing processes including computer aided design CAD software such as Techsoft 2d design and Autodesk Inventor along with computer aided manufacture CAM using machinery such as the laser cutter and 3D printer.
· As part of the course, students will complete an in depth study of the work of two designers. The designers selected will be pre-set by the examination board WJEC in advance.
How will this qualification be assessed?
Unit 1: Written Paper 2 hours –120 marks – 40%
Unit 2: Design and Making Practice 30 hours – 180 marks – 60%
Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of broad, set tasks. Students complete a portfolio of 15 A3 coursework sheets (30%) and a manufactured product (30%).