Art, Design and Media November update

23 November 2023

Welcome to the November update from your Subject Advisor.  

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It has been a busy school year so far and I hope you are able to find balance and respite within your workload. It has been wonderful supporting everyone and we are making use of your feedback to continue to drive improvements, as outlined below, so keep the comments and questions coming!

I have also enjoyed meeting lots of you during the different training, events, conferences, and meetings we have had and hope to meet more of you in-person during our upcoming face-to-face training for GCSE and A Level. As the term progresses, remember to take time for yourselves and if you need any help with any of our Art, Design and Media qualifications, please make sure you reach out to me and the team using the contact details below. 

Now for some key updates in Art, Design and Media. You can click on the relevant link below to navigate directly to that section.

This November update includes:


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  A Level and GCSE Updates

Check out our new series of bitesize videos for A Level Art and Design to help you evidence and assess the Assessment Objectives. 

Check out our new series of bitesize videos for GCSE Art and Design to help you evidence and assess the Assessment Objectives. 

International GCSE Art and Design bitesize videos are currently being developed and will be included in future updates once published.

In our face-to-face sessions teachers will have the opportunity to mark actual Component 1 and Component 2 portfolios across a range of titles and levels from the most recent exam series, with senior members of the examining team guiding them through assessment decisions. 

GCSE events will take place in London, Birmingham and York, whilst A level events will take place in London and York. 

We are also launching a series of network events to meet with relevant experts and discuss questions and ideas for our qualifications.

There are a wide range of support materials available on the course materials pages that can help guide you through planning, delivery and assessment. 

The Principal Moderator / Examiner reports discuss the quality of work submitted in the series, including helpful feedback and recommendations for future series.

You will need an Edexcel Online login to access any padlocked secure materials.

2 Jan  GCSE, International GCSE Art and Design
Externally Set Assignment released
1 Feb 
A Level Art and Design Externally Set Assignment released
20 May A Level History of Art  Paper 1 exam (PM)
31 May A Level, GCSE, International GCSE Art and Design Digital submission deadline (international centres only)
3 June A Level History of Art  Paper 2 exam (AM)
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A Level, GCSE Art and Design  Marks due 48 hours before visiting moderation date as agreed with allocated moderator

GCSE and A Level Digital Submission Guidance (international centres only)

Check out our new Exemplar Libraries for A Level and GCSE Art and Design, a gallery view of our student exemplars organised by performance level. Designed with teachers and access in mind, it is a great way to assess and standardise internally.

This library will continue to be updated and improved with a range of titles and performance levels so watch this space!

The International GCSE Art and Design gallery is currently in the works, with new exemplars for slide submissions and a range of titles coming soon.

A Level Exemplar Library artwork

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GCSE Exemplar Library artwork

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  BTEC Updates

Our free assignment checking service for BTEC centres helps you to make sure that your assignments allow learners to demonstrate appropriate evidence in the required criteria.


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  BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards (2022)

To help you deliver the new Tech Award qualifications, we have also created fantastic published resources for our new BTEC Tech Awards to help with planning, teaching and assessment.  

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The BTEC Tech Awards (2022) Principal Moderator reports discuss the quality of work submitted in the series, including helpful feedback and recommendations for future series.

You will need an Edexcel Online login to access any padlocked secure materials.

Date Series Art and Design Practice
15 Jan May/June Release of Component 2: Externally Assessed tasks for Art and Design Practice
10 May May/June Deadline for upload of learner work for external assessments in Creative Media Production
48 hrs prior to visit May/June Component 1 marks must be submitted 48 hours in advance of the agreed moderation visit
21 June May/June Deadline for amending marks following moderator feedback (where necessary) for internal assessments
22 Aug May/June Release of results to learners

BTEC Tech Awards (2022) Key Dates 2023-2024

Please note, due to the terminal assessment rules, Component 2 must be sat during the same assessment series in which certification for the qualification is requested.

Art and Design Practice availability of assessment

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Date Series Creative Media Production
15 Dec Dec/Jan Deadline for mark submission and upload of work of sampled learners for internal assessments
26 Jan Dec/Jan Deadline for amending marks following moderator feedback (where necessary) for internal assessments
21 Mar Dec/Jan Release of results to learners 
8 Jan May/June Release of Pearson-Set Assignments for internally assessed components
15 Jan May/June Release of Externally Assessed tasks for Creative Media Production
1 May May/June Deadline for mark submission and upload of work of sampled learners for internal assessments
10 May May/June Deadline for upload of learner work for external assessments in Creative Media Production
21 June May/June Deadline for amending marks following moderator feedback (where necessary) for internal assessments
22 Aug May/June Release of results to learners

BTEC Tech Awards (2022) Key Dates 2023-2024

Please note, due to the terminal assessment rules, Component 3 must be sat during the same assessment series in which certification for the qualification is requested.

Creative Media Production availability of assessment

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  BTEC Level 3 Nationals

We are currently in the process of redeveloping our BTEC National Art, Design and Media qualifications. We regularly revisit our qualifications over a number of years, to ensure that they are up to date and meet the needs of learners in the current context of the subject.

If you sign up for Art, Design & Media updates, I will highlight upcoming training events, news and support available, including when drafts of these specifications are released.  

For now, you are able to continue to deliver the BTEC Level 3 National Art, Design and Media qualifications as normal and you can find more information in the links below.

The BTEC Nationals (2016) Principal Examiner Reports discuss the quality of work submitted for the series, including helpful feedback and recommendations for the future series.

You will need an Edexcel Online login to access any padlocked secure materials.

Externally assessed unit dates have been published in the 2023-2024 exam timetables.


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  International BTEC


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  BTEC Higher Nationals

We have launched our new BTEC Higher Nationals qualifications for Art, Design and Media in September 2023 alongside our existing qualifications. Our aim is to give you more flexibility and scope when designing your curriculum so we hope you enjoy our new titles.

Resources for these qualifications can be accessed through HN Global.


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  T Levels

T Levels in Craft and Design and Media, Broadcast and Production draft specification content is available to those in the PVP group (Provider Validation Panel).

Please view the latest T level update that includes a link to join our Provider Validation Panel and get the draft content.  In addition, you can sign up for T Level updates to get any future information.


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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 Art, Design and Media experience is a priority and it is vital that we continue to raise the profile of our subjects in education and beyond. As such, I have included a range of external resources that you may find invaluable to your own promotion of Art, Design and Media.

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Make Bank

Fighting creative poverty, working towards wider diversity within the creative industries, Make Bank disadvantaged pupils with free art and design kits and online resources. 

Order creative kits in the UK

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Professional Learning for Artist Teachers: How to Balance Practice and Pedagogy

More than most teachers, art teachers need to negotiate two professional identities of artist and teacher. Pedagogic strategies that support symbiosis of artist and teacher, and the communities and professional practices that emerge differ according to the individual contexts they operate within. 

Find out more and purchase

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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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Women at Work: 1900 to Now

Women at Work: 1900 to Now reveals the research and new acquisitions from the National Portrait Gallery and CHANEL Culture Fund project, Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture. This hardcover book showcases a selection of 123 women from 1900 to the present day who have made significant contributions historically, culturally, socially and academically in Britain and beyond.

Find out more about Women at Work: 1900 to Now

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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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