Art - GCSE Art & Design


This Level 2 WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Art and Design is designed to provide engaging, challenging, coherent and meaningful learning experiences through a flexible structure that supports the sequential and incremental development of creative practice. This programme of study broadens experience, develops imagination and technical skills, fosters creativity and promotes personal and social development. The focus of the specification is to nurture an enthusiasm for Art, Craft and Design and, through a broad introductory foundation programme, to develop critical, practical and theoretical skills that enable students to gain a holistic understanding of a range of practices and contexts in the visual arts, crafts and design fields.

Component 1: Portfolio 60% of the qualification: 120 marks 60% of qualification: 120 marks

  • This component comprises a major practical portfolio and outcome/s to be based on internally set themes and subject matter developed from personal and/or given starting points.
  • This component will be internally set, internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student.
  • Evidence is required of how the student has met each of the assessment objectives.
  • No time limit: duration to be determined by the centre.

Component 2; Externally set assessment 40% of the qualification: 80 marks.

The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts:

Part 1: Preparatory study period

  • Externally Set Assignment materials set by WJEC are to be released to the students no earlier than 2 January (in the calendar year in which the assessment is to be taken) and will consist of assignments based on themes, visual stimuli and written briefs, which are to be presented to the student at the start of the preparatory study period.· One of the assignments is to be selected by the student and used as a starting point from which to elicit a personal, creative response.
  • Responses are developed during the preparatory study period. They should take the form of practical, critical and contextual preparatory work/supporting studies which inform the resolution of the student’s ideas in the 10 hours sustained focus study.
  • The start of the preparatory study period is defined as the date upon which the externally set assignment materials are presented to the student. The preparatory study period may commence on or after 2 January. The preparatory study period finishes upon commencement of the sustained focus work.
  • Start and finish dates of the preparatory study period to be determined by the centre, taking into account the May deadline for the submission of internally assessed marks to WJEC.

Part 2: 10 hour period of sustained focus work

  • The resolution of the student’s ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 10 hours of sustained focus work.
  • The period of sustained focus work must be completed under supervised conditions.
  • Centres determine the scheduling of the supervised sustained focus sessions, taking into account the May deadline for the submission of internally assessed marks to WJEC.
  • Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student.
  • The Externally Set Assignment will be set by WJEC, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.
  • Both the preparatory work and sustained focus work will be assessed together using the assessment objectives.

This linear qualification will be available in the summer series each year. It will be awarded for the first time in summer 2018.

This specification is designed to encompass four principal areas for critical, practical and theoretical study of art, craft and design. These emphasise the qualities of analytical understanding, practical experimentation, researching and individual expression required at GCSE level . The assessment objectives are:

AO1 Critical understanding

AO2 Creative making

AO3 Reflective recording

AO4 Personal presentation.


This specification requires students to demonstrate the ability to:

  • develop their ideas through investigations informed by selecting and critically analysing sources
  • apply an understanding of relevant practices in the creative and cultural industries to their work
  • refine their ideas as work progresses through experimenting with media, materials, techniques and processes
  • record their ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements, visually and through written annotation, using appropriate specialist vocabulary, as work progresses
  • use visual language critically as appropriate to their own creative intentions and chosen area(s) of study through effective and safe use of: media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies