February A Level, GCSE and International GCSE Art Update | Pearson qualifications

A Level, GCSE and International GCSE Art February update

19 February 2024

Welcome to the February update from your Subject Advisor

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I hope you have all had a good start to the new year and that you have been able to work towards the Summer 2024 assessment series with success. As the school year progresses, remember to take time for yourself and enjoy the breaks when they come. 

A lot is happening at Pearson in terms of resources and support so I hope you find these updates valuable. I will continue to highlight key developments and information as well as wider curriculum opportunities. In addition, we always welcome feedback on how we can continue to improve our qualifications for teachers and learners so please do not hesitate to get in touch with any recommendations.


 

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 General Updates


On 2 February the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published their updated JCQ guidance on AI Use in Assessments.


The guidance is designed to help students and teachers to complete NEAs, coursework and other internal assessments successfully, giving students the chance to demonstrate skills which cannot be assessed in exams.


Please do share the latest version of the guidance with senior leaders, teachers and assessors in your school or college. It’s vital the guidance informs school policies on AI use, and schools and colleges provide staff and students with clear information.

A summary of the key updates is available on the JCQ website. They've also produced a poster for students on the use of AI and assessments and an information sheet for teachers along with PowerPoint presentations for teachers and students.


Read all the information on JCQ blog and download the updated guidance and support materials.

As users of our Learner Work Transfer platform, we would like to hear from you about your experiences with the system. The outcomes of this survey will help us to continue to introduce improvements, making it easier for you to upload and monitor learner work in future series.

The survey is anonymous but there is the opportunity to leave contact details to provide more in depth feedback if you so wish.

Here are new resources recently added to the qualification course materials pagse to support you with planning, delivery and assessment in A Level, GCSE and International GCSE Art and Design.

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Check out our new Art and Design YouTube playlist to watch recorded training and network events.

All of the materials from these events are on the qualification course materials page under 'Past Training Content'.

 


 

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 GCSE Art and Design Updates


Check out our series of bitesize videos for GCSE Art and Design, with new recordings focused on:

  • Written annotation
  • Selection of Work

Watch the GCSE Art and Design bitesize video playlist

GCSE Art and Design YouTube playlist

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Here are new resources recently added to the qualification course materials page to support you with planning, delivery and assessment.

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Date GCSE Art and Design
31 May 2024 Digital submission deadline (international centres only)
48 hours prior to moderation visit Marks due 48 hours before visiting moderation date as agreed with allocated moderator
22 Aug 2024 GCSE Results Day
   

 

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GCSE Art and Design Administrative Support Guide - Summer 2024
GCSE Administrative Support Guide
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Digital Submission Guidance - Summer 2024
Digital Submission (international centres)
pdf | 395.5 KB
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Setting up your department for moderation
Setting up for Visiting Moderation
mp4 | 70.4 MB

Please note, digital submission is available to international centres only. For 2024, the maximum number of slides for digital moderation has increased to 80 slides per component for GCSE Art and Design international centres.

See the Digital Submission Guidance linked above for more information.

The Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (ESA) papers are available to download from the qualification Course Materials page under the ‘June 2024’ drop-down menu within the Exam Materials category.

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The Component 2 ESA is secure material, and you will need an Edexcel Online login (EOL) to access this. EOL accounts are managed by the centre Exams Officer / EOL Administrator. If, as a teacher, you need an EOL login please talk to your Exams Officer who will be able to get you set up. 

Please note that as an additional step for securing customer and learner data we have now introduced our new app-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all users of Edexcel Online, replacing the email-based MFA. The app is now mandatory to access Edexcel Online via the Pearson Portal. If you've not done so already, you'll need to download the Pearson authenticator app to a smart device (such as a smart phone) to continue to access Edexcel online via the Pearson Portal.

Check out our new Exemplar Library, a gallery view of our student exemplars organised by performance level and component. Designed with teachers and access in mind, it is a great way to assess and standardise internally.

This library has recently been updated with exemplars from our face-to-face training.

GCSE Exemplar Library artwork

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 International GCSE Art and Design Updates


Check out our new series of bitesize videos for International GCSE Art and Design, focused on evidencing the four assessment objectives and supporting you with administration and digital submission for external assessment.

Watch the International GCSE Art and Design bitesize video playlist

International GCSE Art and Design YouTube playlist

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Here are new resources recently added to the qualification course materials page to support you with planning, delivery and assessment.

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Date International GCSE Art and Design
31 May 2024 Digital submission deadline for external assessment
22 Aug 2024 International GCSE Results Day
   
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International GCSE Art and Design Administrative Support Guide Summer 2024
International GCSE Administrative Support Guide
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The Essential Guide to Component 1
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International GCSE Art and Design Authentication Form
Authentication Form
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The Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (ESA) papers are available to download from the qualification Course Materials page under the ‘June 2024’ drop-down menu within the Exam Materials category.

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The Component 2 ESA is secure material, and you will need an Edexcel Online login (EOL) to access this. EOL accounts are managed by the centre Exams Officer / EOL Administrator. If, as a teacher, you need an EOL login please talk to your Exams Officer who will be able to get you set up. 

Please note that as an additional step for securing customer and learner data we have now introduced our new app-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all users of Edexcel Online, replacing the email-based MFA. The app is now mandatory to access Edexcel Online via the Pearson Portal. If you've not done so already, you'll need to download the Pearson authenticator app to a smart device (such as a smart phone) to continue to access Edexcel online via the Pearson Portal.

Check out our new Exemplar Library, a gallery view of our student exemplars organised by performance band and component. Designed with teachers and access in mind, it is a great way to gauge student performance and standardise internally. 

This library has recently been updated with exemplars from a range of titles.

International GCSE Art and Design (2017) Exemplar Library

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 A Level Art and Design Updates


Check out our new series of bitesize videos for A Level GCSE Art and Design, focused on evidencing and assessing the four assessment objectives and supporting you with internal assessment and standardisation.

Watch the A Level Art and Design bitesize video playlist

A Level Art and Design YouTube playlist

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Here are new resources recently added to the qualification course materials page to support you with planning, delivery and assessment.

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Date A Level Art and Design
31 May 2024 Digital submission deadline (international centres only)
48 hours prior to moderation visit Marks due 48 hours before visiting moderation date as agreed with allocated moderator
15 Aug 2024 A Level Results Day
   
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GCE Art and Design Administrative Support Guide - Summer 2024
A Level Administrative Support Guide
pdf | 664.8 KB
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Digital Submission Guidance - Summer 2024
Digital Submission (international centres)
pdf | 395.5 KB
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Setting up your department for moderation
Setting up for Visiting Moderation
mp4 | 70.4 MB

Please note, digital submission is available to international centres only. For 2024, the maximum number of slides for digital moderation has increased to 100 slides per component for A Level Art and Design international centres.

See the Digital Submission Guidance linked above for more information.

The Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (ESA) papers are available to download from the qualification Course Materials page under the ‘June 2024’ drop-down menu within the Exam Materials category.

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The Component 2 ESA is secure material, and you will need an Edexcel Online login (EOL) to access this. EOL accounts are managed by the centre Exams Officer / EOL Administrator. If, as a teacher, you need an EOL login please talk to your Exams Officer who will be able to get you set up. 

Please note that as an additional step for securing customer and learner data we have now introduced our new app-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all users of Edexcel Online, replacing the email-based MFA. The app is now mandatory to access Edexcel Online via the Pearson Portal. If you've not done so already, you'll need to download the Pearson authenticator app to a smart device (such as a smart phone) to continue to access Edexcel online via the Pearson Portal.

Check out our new Exemplar Library, a gallery view of our student exemplars organised by performance level and component. Designed with teachers and access in mind, it is a great way to assess and standardise internally.

This library has recently been updated with exemplars from our face-to-face training.

A Level Exemplar Library artwork

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 A Level History of Art Updates


These are some resources on the qualification course materials pages to support you with planning and delivery.

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Check our our support videos to help you with delivering various aspects of the specification.

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Date A Level History of Art
20 May 2024 Paper 1 exam (PM)
3 June 2024 Paper 2 exam (AM)
15 Aug 2024 A Level Results Day
   

We published the provisional timetables for Summer 2025 on Monday 22 January as agreed by JCQ and all other awarding bodies. They can be found on our Provisional timetables web page.

The consultation window will run from Monday 22 January to Friday 23 February. Please send any feedback you may have to Timetables@Pearson.com


 

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 Helpful Resources and Inspiration

Importance of the Arts in Education

The importance of the arts in education and the value they bring to young people is at the heart of what we do. Designing courses that give students an authentic creative experience is a priority and it is vital that we continue to raise the profile of our subjects in education and beyond. As such, below is a range of external resources invaluable to your wider curriculum development.

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Art of Fiction

Contribute a patch and your story to the University of Exeter research project 'The Art of Fiction' which is exploring how judgements of literary, aesthetic, and professional value affect women’s creative identities.

Find out more about the project 

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V&A Innovate

V&A Innovate is an annual National Schools Challenge, asking students in years 7, 8 and 9 to work in teams of 4 – 6 to design a solution to a real-world problem.

Learn more and register to take part 

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V&A Mused

Mused is a place for young people to have fun with all things art, design, fashion, music and gaming. Absolutely everything on Mused is age appropriate and created with – and for – young people. 

Check out the V&A Mused resources 

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AWARE

AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions is a non-profit Association specialising in women artists and has a fantastic database of artists you could use to diversify your curriculum.

Search for artists on AWARE 

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Toon Boom Animation

Delivering animation through our qualifications? Check out Toon Boom Animation's Storyboard Pro and Harmony software. The world’s largest 2D animation studios choose Toon Boom to bring their TV series and feature films from ideation to screen.

Find out more about Toon Boom Animation 

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CREATEBritain

CreateBritain brings together every aspect of British Design and Creativity and is an excellent resource for qualifications with professional practice as part of the content (ie. Level 3 - Level 5).

Find out more about CREATEBritain 

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