Art design and technology provides a unique opportunity for students to use a wide range of practical outcomes to express themselves. It promotes individuality, independence, creativity and requires students to challenge and question the world around them. Pupils develop ideas and bring these ideas to life in the form of artwork, joinery, textile or food products. The creative and cultural industries are the fastest growing in the UK and most employers value creative, innovative and skilful people.

Key Stage 3

In art and textiles, pupils explore the visual world around them and learn how to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. At Westborough pupils will work with a broad range of materials and processes including printmaking, textiles, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.

In construction pupils learn about a wide range of design related areas with the aim of developing skills in creativity, teamwork, independent problem solving and communication as well as practical skills. Pupils learn in varied and exciting ways, through making, drawing and writing. At Westborough students make products primarily with wood and plastics and learn how to use a wide range of workshop tools and equipment.

In food pupils are given the opportunity to cook and learn about nutrition. Students learn about the catering and hospitality industry, cooking regularly to develop skills and knowledge of the kitchen environment. These practical lessons help to consolidate understanding about nutrition, manufacturing and cultural and social influences on the way the world eats and drinks.

Key Stage 4

Art and Design GCSE

This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and 3D processes including traditional and new media. Students will complete a minimum of two extended projects guided by their teacher. They will build upon and refine their skills learnt at Key Stage 3, as well as being introduced to more complex processes and techniques. They will then complete an externally set exam, selecting a theme set by the exam board to explore before working on a final piece under exam conditions. Students will be introduced to a wide range of artists, gathering ideas and inspiration as they go, in order to develop their own ideas and realise these in the form of individual and exciting artwork.

Art Fashion and Textiles GCSE

Students will work with a variety of textiles media and processes to develop their own ideas. Students are taught how to engage with artists work and to critically reflect upon this work in order to influence their own ideas. At Westborough pupils are taught a range of techniques and processes before applying these to an art or fashion piece that sums up their ideas and influences. Throughout the process, teaching is geared to work with the pupils own interests and ideas in order that each pupil follows their own independent creative journey.

BTEC Art and Design

Students follow a very similar course to the GCSE Art and Design course but with a more vocational emphasis, often working from a design brief. BTEC Firsts in Art and Design can help you take your first steps towards a career in the visual arts. You’ll learn essential skills such as following briefs, meeting client needs and communicating ideas through art, design and discussion. Students will complete 4 art projects in total, one of which will be set externally by the exam board. Students will explore a range of artistic disciplines including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and photography.

Hospitality and Catering BTEC

The hospitality and catering sector includes all businesses that provide food, beverages, and accommodation services. This includes restaurants, hotels, bars, airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues. Students will learn about what roles and responsibilities different jobs in this industry entail including: waiting staff, catering assistant, chef, hotel and bar managers and food technologists in food manufacturing. Students will also design and make their own menus, cooking regularly to develop their knowledge and skills in this area.

Implementation of the curriculum

The national curriculum

Exam specification

Long term plan