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Key Stage 3 overview

As a department we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. At Key Stage 3, pupils will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution.

They will also be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

Pupils will be taught:

  • to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
  • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Key Stage 4 overview

We run two courses at Key Stage 4 these are:

1. Art, Craft and Design

This title promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes.

Knowledge, understanding and skills

Students must explore and create work associated with areas of study from at least two titles listed below:

  • Fine art: for example drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, lens-/light-based media, photography, printmaking, mixed media and land art.
  • Three-dimensional design: for example sculpture or ceramics.
  • Photography: for example portraiture, location photography, studio photography, experimental imagery.

Component 1: must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the titles taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of art, craft and design.

Component 2: must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the titles.

The areas of study selected for Component 1 can be the same as, or different from, those selected for Component 2.

Students must explore, through a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional processes and media, practical application of skills and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of contemporary artists, craftspeople and designers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design as appropriate to their own work.

2. Textile Design

Exam board – AQA

Textile design is defined here as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles that might have a functional or non-functional purpose.

In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more area(s) of textile design listed below:

  • art textiles
  • constructed textiles
  • printed and dyed textiles
  • surface pattern
  • stitched and/or embellished textiles

They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas. The following aspects of knowledge, understanding and skills are defined in further detail to ensure students’ work is clearly focused and relevant to textile design.

Knowledge and understanding

The way sources inspire the development of ideas, relevant to textile design including:

  • how sources relate to cultural, social, historical, contemporary, environmental and creative contexts which might be determined or influenced by functional or non-functional considerations
  • how ideas, feelings, forms, and purposes can generate responses that address personal needs or meet external requirements, such as client expectations and any associated constraints.

The ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions relevant to textile design can be communicated include the use of:

  • figurative and non-figurative representations, stylisation, simplification, surface embellishment, constructional considerations and imaginative interpretation
  • visual and tactile elements, such as:
    • colour
    • line
    • form
    • tone
    • texture
    • shape
    • pattern
    • composition
    • decoration
    • repetition
    • scale
    • structure
    • surface


Within the context of textile design, students must demonstrate the ability to:

  • use textile design techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example:
    • weaving
    • felting
    • stitching
    • appliqué
    • construction methods
    • printing.
  • use media and materials, as appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example:
    • inks
    • yarns
    • threads
    • fibres
    • fabrics
    • textile materials
    • digital imagery.

Qualification assessment overview

Both the Fine Art course and the Art, Craft and Design course are weighted as 60% controlled assessment and 40% externally set task.

When do internal assessments take place?

Internal assessments are completed by May of the examination year.

When do external assessments take place?

External assessments are completed by an AQA moderator after internal assessments have taken place.

Curriculum map

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How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with Art and Design?

  • Visit museum and art galleries whenever possible in order to stimulate your child’s imagination, open their eyes to different ideas and encourage critical thinking. The Potteries Museum and Art gallery is an excellent place to see a diverse mix of contemporary and traditional art, craft and design:
  • Encourage and support your child with homework tasks.
  • Encourage your child to draw and paint at home in order to further develop their art skills.
  • At Key Stage 4, ensure that your child attends lunchtime and after school sessions on a regular basis.

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