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Art & Design

All aspects of Art whether that is drawing, cooking or designing plays an essential role within the development of SEMHN in schools as a curriculum and as a mental health support network.  The act of Art creates a relaxed and calm environment where students have the confidents to express their feelings and thoughts through their work. As a department we ensure to deliver a rich and varied curriculum support both educational and social development for the students at Keyham Lodge School.

What’s in it for me?

This GCSE is designed to bring Art and Design to life and to help you develop your artistic skills and expand your creativity, imagination and independence. What’s more, the possibilities for personal expression are endless.

How could it help with my future?

The course is good preparation for progression to A Level in Art and Design, or a suitable college/ vocational course. Depending on the options you take, it could lead towards a wide range of careers in the art and design field, including in fine art, new media, fashion/textile design, games development, games technologies and more.

What are some of the things I’ll learn?

We want this to be an inspiring GCSE that will encourage you to consider a wide range of approaches to expressing yourself through different materials, media and techniques.

It will help you gain knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design, media and technologies today and in the past, and in different societies and cultures. You’ll also develop an understanding of the different roles, audiences and consumers for art, craft and design. You’ll experience different work practices and look at relevant processes and equipment too.

How will my work be assessed?

This GCSE has a controlled assessment unit, which will involve you in producing a portfolio of work. Controlled assessment means coursework you do in a supervised environment – which could be in your classroom or, for example, on a field trip. There’ll also be a ten-hour practical task (for which you’ll have preparation time too).

What grades could I get?

You’ll get a grade for each unit from 9 to 1 and then an overall grade for the whole course, which will be from 9 to 1.

Got any more questions?

If you think this GCSE is right for you, why not have a chat with your Art teacher?

The Art Long Term Plans are linked below:

For further information, please contact Paige at