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Assessment comparison

Component one

AQA – GCSE Art and Design

Eduqas ­ ­– GCSE Art and Design

Component 1

Component 1



No time limit

No time limit

96 marks (60% of GCSE)

60% of GCSE

Component 1 – portfolio

A portfolio that, in total, shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

(Non-exam assessment set and marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June).

A major practical investigative project/portfolio which encourages adventurous and open programmes of study. Provides ample time to instill a foundation of important skills, knowledge and understanding through a variety of experiences.

Internally set and assessed; externally moderated.

Component two

AQA – GCSE Art and Design

Eduqas – GCSE Art and Design

Component 2

Component 2

Externally set assignment

Externally set assignment

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time

Preparatory period followed by 10 hour period of sustained focus work

96 marks (40% of GCSE)

40% of GCSE

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

(Non-exam assessment set by AQA; marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit.)

Consists of two integrated constituent parts, namely the supporting studies and preparatory work followed by a 10 hour period of sustained focus work, which are assessed together. This places equal value on creative processes and their outcomes.

Subject content comparison

AQA – GCSE Art and Design

Eduqas – GCSE Art and Design

3.1 Knowledge and understanding

Art, craft and design

3.2 Skills

  • drawing
  • written annotation

Fine art

3.3 Titles – students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills in the subject content in ways appropriate to their chosen title:

  • art, craft and design
  • fine art
  • graphic communication
  • textile design
  • three-dimensional design
  • photography.

Critical contextual studies




Textile design


Three-dimensional design

Further details

Art and Design progression

For GCSE Art and Design there are no prior learning requirements. However, the specification allows for progression from KS3 whilst providing a strong foundation for further study at AS and A-level, as well as vocational pathways. To support this progression, the assessment objectives, structure and titles are very similar to those detailed in the AS and A- level Art and Design specification.