Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Art


National Curriculum for Art KS3 embedding Trinity College London Discover Arts Award Certificate and Explore Arts Award Nationally

Entry Level Award in the Arts (Entry 3) - Qualification number: 600/3894/9. 


A pupil-led course whereby pupil’s interests and hobbies can be incorporated into drawing, making, and creating artwork, researching, and finding out about great artists from Basquiat to Peter Blake and Keith Haring to Frida Khalo.  The course will follow the National Curriculum for KS3 Art including painting, drawing, sculpture/making as well as digital arts including animation and film.

How will I be assessed

On-going assessment of sketchbook and artworks completed including all preparation, research as part of Arts Award Discover and Explore Portfolios.  The criteria for these qualifications are based on Art Form Knowledge and Understanding, Creativity and Communication. Pupils will be assessed as an on-going part of their weekly lessons.

What will I learn

  • To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals, and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • To use a range of techniques and media, including painting 
  • To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials 
  • To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day

Skills and Knowledge

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft, and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Further Support

Arts Award Explore:

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Key Stage 4



AQA GCSE Art, Craft & Design


Art is amazing at Orchardside and the very flexible AQA GCSE qualification promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes. From fine art techniques to mixed media and digital arts.  Pupils can explore a wide range of artforms from painting to photography and fashion to ceramics. We support and encourage pupil-interest led in terms of ideas and inspiration. 

The course is made up of two components: Portfolio coursework (60%) and then a timed exam of 10 hours (40%).

How will I be assessed

Assessment will be on-going as pupils develop their portfolios of work including sketchbooks and larger scale artworks, digital and mixed media. For Component 1, the portfolio submission (60%) must be assessed as a whole, using the assessment grid to select which of the six mark band descriptors for each objective best describes the student’s overall performance. The same process is met for Component 2 (40%), preparatory studies and the work undertaken in the supervised time, must be assessed together when arriving at an overall mark.  Work will be accessed on the A01, A02, A03 and A04 areas of work and marking criteria.

What will I learn

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.


Skills and Knowledge

Students must explore and create work associated with at least two areas of study from Fine art, Graphic communication, Textile design, Three-dimensional design and Photography.  Pupils will develop their own creative ideas, experiment with different mediums, research artists and their work and develop their own visual language and portfolio of artwork and arts practice.

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