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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve


Department Staff

Mr P Rodgers

Head of Design Technology & Art Faculty, Teacher of Product Design & Engineering

Mr W Rodbourne

Deputy Head of Technology & Art Faculty, Teacher of Art & Photography

Mrs R Bennett

Teacher of Art & Photography

Ms C Gunter

Teacher of Art, Textiles & Product Design

Mrs J Hawes

Teacher of Food Prep & Nutrition

Mrs F Lock

Teacher of Product Design, Food Prep & Nutrition, Textiles & Art 

Mrs S Aldridge

Art & Photography Technician



Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent

Students that study Art and Design at Sir William Ramsay School can experience a subject that engages, inspires and challenges them.  Students are taught to develop a range of skills and techniques relevant to themes or concepts that are found in the world around them.  The curriculum is designed to let students investigate, analyse and respond in their own way.  Students are encouraged to be creative, take risks and find solutions with the work that they produce.

Art and Design

GCSE Art and Design is the right subject for you if you enjoy:

  • developing your visual skills and engaging with the creative process of art, craft and design
  • developing and refining ideas
  • visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios
  • experimenting and taking risks with your work, and learning from your experiences

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

It is really important that you have a passion for the subject and a desire to know more about historical and contemporary art and how to use art materials and processes to develop and express your own ideas.  This course will give you the skills to enjoy, engage with and produce visual arts throughout your life.

What does the course involve?

You will develop your visual skills and build a portfolio of work by completing a wide range of activities and in-depth assignments.  Throughout the course, you will:

  • develop and explore ideas
  • select and experiment with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
  • record your ideas, observations and insights
  • present personal and meaningful responses

GCSE Art and Design is a broad and flexible course.  Ask your Head of Art and Design for more details of the titles available in your school.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Personal Portfolio

This component is worth 60% of your GCSE.  You will produce a portfolio of work based on tasks agreed with your teacher.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (ESA)

This component is worth 40% of your GCSE.  You will produce preparatory studies and personal outcome(s) based on a theme set by Edexcel.
Each component is assessed out of 72 marks against the four Assessment Objectives.  Your teacher will mark your work and it may be moderated by Edexcel.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
Through this course you will develop transferable skills, such as problem solving, communication and critical thinking skills, which will prepare you for further study or the world of work, regardless of the subjects or career you wish to pursue.

If you wish to study Art and Design beyond GCSE, you could do a Level 3 course, such as AS or A-Level Art and Design or BTEC Nationals in Art and Design.

Next Steps

If you’re interested in studying GCSE Art and Design, start finding out more about the subject by:

  • visiting the Edexcel website ( – there’s a lot of useful information about what you’ll be studying and how you’ll be assessed
  •  talking to the Head of Art and Design at your school or college – they’ll be able to describe the course in detail and advise you on what you need to do next
  • finding out what is happening in the world of art by visiting galleries, museums, exhibitions and art shows, or by visiting gallery websites and the art pages on newspaper websites.