This subject is conducted as a one year course in which students produce two separate portfolio projects and a final project set by the exam board where they create their own personal response to the theme during a two day exam.


GCSE Art and Design is conducted as a one year course during which students will produce a portfolio project (unit 1a) and a mini project (unit 1 b). After Christmas students will also complete a controlled assessment project, choosing a question from a number set by the exam board (unit 2).

Both units will explore drawing, painting, printing, digital media and 3D work. Projects set by the department encourage students to explore topics as a class and individually. They can be tailored to suit individual student’s needs and strengths.

Trips are arranged by the department to local art galleries, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Barbara Hepworth Museum in Wakefield. Overseas trips have included Paris, Barcelona and Rome. Trips take place in the October half term and are offered to all students on a first come first served basis.