Art & Design

Caterham High School Art students are encouraged to explore ideas, be curious and imaginative and experience the subject through their creative and practical skills.

Key Stage 3

In year 7 students have 3 Art lessons over a two-week period. In years 8 and 9 this goes down to 2 lessons over two weeks.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3




Year 7

Mixed media:

Formal Elements

Ceramics: Arts & Crafts

Ceramics: Arts & Crafts



Green Man

Year 8

Mythical Monsters

Ceramics: Pots

3D Making: Pop Art Sculptures/Abstract relief/Totem Poles

Year 9

The Human Form: Movement

Letters and Numbers

The Built Environment

Our aim is that all students realise their full creative potential in order to become an independent creative practitioner; developing core practical skills, critical understanding of context and meaning of artworks and understanding how to read and use visual language.


GCSE Art has two units, the coursework unit makes up the bulk of the course and accounts for 60% of the final GCSE grade. The second unit is the exam unit where students prepare for their final 10-hour exam in which they produce a final piece of practical work. Exams are sat in the art rooms and held over a two day period.

Students develop their creative and critical thinking skills through exploring different processes and techniques and investigating a broad range of artwork. Work is assessed on four Assessment Objectives; developing, exploring, recording and presenting.

A Level Art

A Level Art is a two-year course consisting of two Units.

Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio

60% of the A Level Mark

The first unit is set an extended project based on a theme, set by the Art Department. The work is assessed from the initial starting point through all stages of development to a final piece of work.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment           

40% of A Level Mark

For the second unit students choose from 5 inspiring starting points and produce work in 15 hours of supervised time, the emphasis is on development and can take any form, such as drawing, painting, and ceramic work.

Why choose Fine Art at A Level?

A Level Art is excellent preparation for learners wishing to progress to art collage or engage in careers involving the visual arts, including:

Architecture, set design, fashion, book illustration, painting, sculpture, graphic design, web design and multi-media design.

According to government figures the Creative industries made a record contribution to the UK economy. The £92bn sector is growing at twice the rate of the economy as a whole.

Even if a career in the creative industries is not pursued this course will equip students with transferable skills that will improve their employability such as; creativity, organisation, innovation, confidence and flexibility.

Caterham High School has an excellent track record of getting students to some of the top university courses, such as Goldsmith’s, London collage of Fashion and Central St Martin’s.

The Art team has ceramic, print, photography and paint specialists to ensure students get experience the full range of art processes and have the support and freedom to refine their skills.

The course builds on skills, knowledge and understanding gained at GCSE, we expect students to have achieved at least a 4 at this level. Students who choose Art at A Level are expected to show commitment and motivation, perhaps most importantly an enjoyment of the subject and its challenges.

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A Level Photography

A Level Photography develops critical and technical understanding of different genres and processes in photography. We look at a broad range of different types of photography and build the technical and critical skills required to work successfully at an advanced level.

Unit 1 (60% of AS Mark):

Students develop a body of work that focuses on two or more genres in Photography providing both written work and a portfolio of photographs.

Unit 2 (40% of AS Mark):

For the second unit students choose from 5 inspiring starting points developing work in order a personal and meaningful final body of work.  The final exam is 15 hours long in order for students to have time to make a sustained and high level final piece of work.

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