GCSE Art and Design

About the course

This Level 2 GCSE (studied in Years 10 and 11) allows students to pursue a wide range of areas in the visual arts. This Art and Design course is flexible and stimulates creativity, with a high degree of choice and opportunities to explore a diverse range of media, techniques and processes.

Overview of units

The content is divided into broad topic areas:

  • Art, craft and design
  • Fine art
  • Graphic communication
  • Textile design
  • 3D design
  • Photography

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


The course comprises two assessed components. You will produce a portfolio showing explicit coverage of four assessment objectives. You will also create a piece to an externally set assignment brief under exam conditions. Grades are awarded according to the AQA Linear 9-1 GCSE scale.

Where you can go next

Studying Art and Design can open the door to further education in a related subject area and can lead to exciting career opportunities. The Internet has created an explosion of opportunity for digital designers and multimedia artists. More generally, art enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, aesthetic appreciation and critical thinking skills – so for a wide range of careers, a firm creative foundation is an advantage.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the AQA website.

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