•  OCR GCSE Fine Art J171
  • OCR GCSE Textiles J174
  • OCR GCSE Photography J173


In year 10 pupils are encouraged to explore ideas, materials and techniques whilst pursuing more individual starting points.  Emphasis is placed on being more independent whilst developing their own work although under careful direction in order to fulfil all of the assessment objectives.  Pupils will create work in a variety of chosen media as well as exploring a range of Artists, Designers and Craftspeople in order to realise their own intentions.

This can be explored with any area; Photography, Textiles, Fine Art, Contextual studies or Three-dimensional design.


Year 11 pupils complete their portfolio from the previous year in preparation for their OCR set task in January



Year 10 Pupils explore a range of  observational drawing, textile techniques, photography, composition, painting techniques, sculpture, printing, mark making, surfaces, analysis, collage whilst developing their ideas.

Year 11 pupils working towards their OCR GCSE Art & Design qualification complete their portfolio of work with a final outcome. In January pupils are given a range of starting points set by the exam board, with several weeks of preparation time before the final outcome is produced under exam conditions. 




Pupils present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements


 How is the course assessed


The OCR GCSE Level 2 course consists of 60% coursework. This portfolio will consist of a sustained project, theme or course of study. It may be presented in appropriate formats for the ‘Title (Fine Art, Textiles or Photography)’ and area of study chosen using, for example, sketchbooks, mounted sheets, maquettes, prototypes, digital presentations and animation.

There is no restriction on the scale of work produced or the timeframe for undertaking the work but pupils should carefully select, organise and present work to ensure that they provide evidence of meeting all four AO’s.

The practical portfolio should be viewed as a whole and judgements regarding the extent to which all of the assessment objectives have been met


The OCR GCSE Level 2 course consists of 40% externally set task. An early release paper will be dispatched to centres based on estimated entries made and will also be available on the OCR website from 2nd  January.

The paper will give candidates a choice of five themes, each with a choice of written and/or visual starting points or stimuli. From this paper, candidates are expected to choose one theme for which they will generate an appropriate personal response for assessment.      


Candidates will have up to 10 hours in which to independently realise their response(s). The 10-hour supervised time can be divided into a number of sessions and timetabled to suit the centre.    





How Can you support your child at home

Encourage your child to explore and develop skills at home with resources available to them. Draw from observation and secondary resources such as online ‘how to’ art videos, books and magazines. Experience galleries, museums and art exhibitions to enhance knowledge and understanding of both the history of art and contemporary art and design.