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KS3 Art & Design

Year 7

At year 7 all students receive 1 hour of Art per week. They are tested to assess their drawing ability and this can take a number of lessons whilst the pupils experiment and create with a range of techniques.

After the initial testing the students will be placed in a seating plan which encourages all students to make progress through differentiated lesson delivery. Once the testing has been completed we move onto studying Colour Theory where students learn about colour blending using various materials. In January we progress to Pop Art Food where we begin by looking at artists who have used the pop art movement to depict food as a form of art. This theme is explored through research, drawing, development of ideas and moving onto painting.

Year 8

At year 8 all students receive 1 hour of Art per week. This year we build on what students have learnt in year 7 and particular emphasis is put on drawing skills. The theme that we study is Still Life and again students will be tested before being placed in an ability based seating plan. They will begin by researching Still Life artists throughout history and see how still life art as a theme has been addressed by different movements.  Students are encouraged to draw from observation and a range of techniques and use of materials are taught so that all students have the opportunity to make progress. In year 8 students will be choosing their options where they have the opportunity to study GCSE Art and/or Photography in year 9

KS4 Art


Qualification & Level
GCSE –9-1
60% coursework         40% exam

GCSE Art & Design

Students who opt for GCSE Art & Design build on the knowledge, skills and understanding established in KS3. The course is designed to encourage students to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence. Students will experience a wide range of approaches in the use of materials, processes and techniques, responding to guidelines and potential outcomes.

This course is popular among students who are keen to study a practical subject and explore individual creative ideas and style. Pupils are given a sketchbook at the beginning of the course which is expected to document and contain designs, research and ideas which are done in class and for homework. This will be handed in at the end of the course.

Component 1 requires the pupil to produce work based on a theme, starting point or brief set by the school. (60%)

Component 2 is the set task from the exam board which requires pupils to choose a starting point from a list and prepare work over a number of weeks, resulting in a final idea which will be done within 10 hours set exam time. (40%)

Pupils can produce work within a number of areas, and develop skills in different media and techniques, allowing them to create work which suits their ability and preference.

GCSE Photography
The difference between art and Photography is that Photography allows exploration of photographic materials and techniques. Skills and techniques such as composition and lighting are developed through workshops and experimentation with themes and ideas. As in Art & Design, students in Photography work towards a final piece. The drawing side is still required to show and enhance ideas and to show progression throughout the sketchbook. Along with producing work in the traditional sketchbook style format, students also have the opportunity to produce and present photographic ideas and work in the form of a Blog.
What kind of pupil would this course suit? The course requires students to develop the ability to research, plan carefully, and work independently on developing photographic ideas resulting with an end photographic/film based product. The ability to research and pursue ideas fully and in greater detail will be a big advantage.

In Photography students also have to complete 2 components which exist of coursework and exam.

Component 1 requires the pupil to produce work based on a theme, starting point or brief set by the school. (60%)

Component 2 is the set task from the exam board which requires pupils to choose a starting point from a list and prepare work over a number of weeks, resulting in a final idea which will be done within 10 hours set exam time. (40%)


In KS3 students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the different material areas including plastic, wood and metal.  Students will use computer aided design and manufacturing to develop different products for manufacture. Including a festive decoration, jewellery mould and jewellery.  It is important to understanding the design process, client based design and materials science at level to be great in Engineering of chosen as an option.

In KS4 student study the BTEC Engineering Tech Award.

The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, automotive, agri-food and bioscience. People with engineering skills are always in demand. Between 2010 and 2020, engineering companies are projected to have 2.74 million job openings.

In the course students will complete 3 components.

Component 1 is an internally assessed unit looking at the engineering world and how engineering make products in different sectors showing students different career opportunities.  In component 2 students develop their engineering skills by design and making a product from an engineering brief.  Problem solving using maths and science is the fundamental principles of engineering.  Good literacy skills will be needed to communicate a portfolio of evidence and evaluation.  Finally component 3 is the external exam assessing students’ knowledge and understanding of component 1 and 2 as well as a science based practical exam gathering data and making judgments.



Food & Nutrition is a subject which is based upon teaching key life skills through ensuring students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, healthy eating, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, the subject focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

KS3 Curriculum

Students complete a unit that teaches the following:

  • How to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health.
  • How to cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they become skilled in making meals for a healthy and varied diet.
  • Competency in a range of cooking techniques including: selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how best to season dishes and combine ingredients
  • The functional properties of food.
  • An understanding of the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.

KS4 Curriculum

We will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.

· Insight into food preparation and cooking incorporating core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability

· Looking at the food industry and its occupational areas and specialisms.

· Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Food Hygiene.

· How to create high quality food products and acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

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Which careers can this course lead to?

Studying food and nutrition can lead to exciting and well paid career options. Consumers are becoming increasingly reliant on the food industry to develop solutions for their nutritional needs. This course could lead you into roles such as a Chef, Food Product Developer, Buyer (who travels the world sourcing new food products for manufacturers), Food Safety Inspectors, Nutritionists, Dieticians, Quality Managers, Teacher, Food Engineer, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Food Photographer, Food Stylist, Home Economist, Hotel and Restaurant Manager, Microbiologist, working in food magazines, radio and television – for more information on food careers please visit

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