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An award winning sixth-form college in the heart of Central London offering a wide range of GCSE and A-Level courses

The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners' achievements is excellent

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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE
Albemarle Independent Private College in Central London


GCSE Course Outline


“Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies.”  (Anish Kapoor)

Who Should Study GCSE Art and Design?

GCSE Art and Design meets the needs of students who wish to take up a wide range of careers - practical or academic - and leads to Art and Design A level. Whether you have an inborn talent, natural creativity or simply a desire to make things and learn how to do this better, this is your subject. It is suited to students who have an interest and/or skill which they would like to develop.

What Topics and Questions Will I Study In GCSE Art and Design?

What Challenges Will I Face In Art and Design?

What Careers Can Art and Design Lead To?

There are multiple career paths to pursue within the creative industries. Fine Art, Architecture, Art Therapy, Animation, Illustration, Design for Textiles, Fashion, Product, Furniture, Ceramics, Graphics, Interiors, as well as set or costume design for Theatre, Television, Film, Photography and Advertising, plus Galleries, Museum and Heritage.

ART & DESIGN (EDX) GCSE Specification

Component 1 Personal


Internally set and marked, externally moderated.

60% of GCSE Exam

Final assessment is in May/June 2019


Personal Portfolio

  • Students create a personal portfolio of work that demonstrates knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Students must work within one of the following titles: Art, Craft and Design; Fine Art; Graphic Communication; Textile Design; Three-dimensional Design; Photography.
  • Students undertaking Art, Craft and Design must create work associated with areas of study chosen from at least two of the above titles.
  • Allows students opportunities to develop and explore ideas,
    research primary and contextual sources.
  • Experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Develop critical analysis skills and assimilate ideas
  • Present personal response(s) to theme(s) set by the centre.

Component 2

Externally set, internally marked and externally moderated.

10 hour exam

40% of GCSE Exam


Final assessment is in May/June 2019

Externally Set Assignment

  • Externally set broad-based thematic starting point released in January.
  • A centre-devised preparatory study period followed by a 10-hour sustained focus period in which students create personal response(s).
  • Students’ work must comprise:
    • Preparatory studies
    • Personal response(s)
    • Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Structure of the Course

The course will be taught for 3 x 1 hour lessons per week. Homework will be set weekly and deadlines must be adhered to. Reading of textbooks and first-hand experience of works of art and design is essential.

Reference Prior and During Course

The Drawing Book, Sarah Simblet Dorling Kindersley 2005


ART and Design

The 20th Century Art Book, Susannah, Lawson Phaidon Press 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0714847986

Introductory Summer Work

Make a series of observational drawings in a range of materials recording your world.

Select an artist and express your opinion about their work.