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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Course outline

GCSE Art and Design – Exam 40 % Coursework 60 %  Exam Board: OCR

What type of student succeeds at Art and design?

Art and Design is a demanding GCSE. It requires resilience and a willingness to work through problems and reflect on ones work independently. A love of creativity, awareness of oneself and the surrounding world is also essential. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that supports, challenges and excites our students. This rigour not only gives our students the fulfilment and joy of mastering skills within Art but also allows them to analyse and  discuss their outcomes with greater sophistication.  

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade C at Art and Design at key stage 3 is required in order to study Art and Design at GCSE. The course requires a strong independent work ethic from the outset.

Complementary subjects

Art works well with a wide variety of subjects.


Students receive homework once a week. Art and design is best learned through constant development of skills coupled with in-depth analysis of other Artwork, artists and artefacts.