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At Hodge Hill College, pupils receive a broad and balanced Art curriculum that inspires and challenges pupils. Our Art curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Pupils learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, mixed media and creative thinking and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Our involvement with the artist in the residence programme complements our art curriculum; this extra provision allows skills learnt to be used in collaborative and self-lead work. Additionally, it is hoped that students develop skills that open doors to the next level of education and will make them employable.

 Our curriculum aims to develop:

  • Confidence in using a range of techniques and applying materials
  • Knowledge about art and photography history including all periods dated from renaissance to modern contemporary art
  • Critical understanding of artists, expressing reasoned verdicts that can inform pupils own work
  • Confidence in analysing and evaluating pupils own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact of work
  • Proficiency in drawing, capturing images, understanding materials and design processes
  • Creative and conceptual thinking


Five Year Plan



Key Stage Four

Exam board Edexcel Course code 1AD0
Examined by

Two folders are created throughout the course, a coursework folder and an examination folder. The coursework folder is developed throughout Year 10 and one term of Year 11 and constitutes 60% of the overall grade.

The examination folder is started in the Spring term of Year 11 and follows a theme given by the examination board, the folder constitutes 40% of the final grade and culminates in a practical examination sat over a ten-hour period. Both folders contain an investigation of the artwork by established artists and artwork produced by the student.

Students must also produce written work exploring the theme, analysing artwork and explaining their personal response to the project.

Key topics taught
  • Drawing from first hand and second-hand sources using a range of mark-making techniques
  • Experimentation with a range of materials and technique
  • Development of painting skills with an emphasis upon the use of materials with the aim of producing large pieces of work to a high standard
  • The study of key themes in Art, for example, portraiture and landscape exploring these themes within the contexts of culture, history and contemporary practice

The course consists of 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment. Each component of the examination consists of four assessment objectives.

Assessment Objective 1  is concerned with developing student's awareness of Critical and Contextual studies. A range of established artists and contemporary artists are studied throughout the two-year course. Work is produced visually with supporting text.

Assessment Objective 2 is concerned with developing student's understanding of ideas and the uses of different materials. They are encouraged to use a wide variety of materials with confidence.

Assessment Objective 3 is concerned with developing students recording skills. We encourage all students to record from a range of experiences.

Assessment Objective 4 is concerned with final outcome. It is taught in recently refurbished rooms that have been custom designed in order to make all types of outcomes possible. If you choose to study this option you will be given the opportunity to study a range of techniques which include drawing, painting, mixed media, pastel work and printmaking.