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Art, Design and Media

Subject update | 23 January 2024

Art, Design and Media January update

Welcome to the January update from your Subject Advisor.  

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First of all, I would like to wish all of you a happy New Year. I hope you had restful, well-deserved break and have been able to start the new year recharged. As the school year continues, I hope that the term is progressing well and your students are able to be engaged and enthused in art, design, and creative media.

Things are very busy I am sure, and we continue to use your feedback to improve support and resources for planning, delivery, and assessment of our qualifications. 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 January update includes:


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  GCSE and A Level Updates

Check out our new videos recently added to the Pearson Art and Design YouTube playlists:

GCSE Art and Design - Written Annotation

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Art and Design Network - Curriculum Planning

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New to Pearson Edexcel GCSE Art and Design (2016)

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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. 

These are some resources that have been recently added to the qualification course materials pages to support you with planning, delivery and assessment.

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All of our support materials are available on the qualification course materials page.

1 Feb 
A Level Art and Design Externally Set Assignment released
31 May A Level, GCSE Art and Design Digital submission deadline (international centres only)
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A Level, GCSE Art and Design  Marks due 48 hours before visiting moderation date as agreed with allocated moderator
15 Aug A Level Art and Design Results Day
22 Aug GCSE Art and Design Results Day
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GCSE Art and Design Administrative Support Guide - Summer 2024
GCSE Administrative Support Guide
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GCE Art and Design Administrative Support Guide - Summer 2024
A Level Administrative Support Guide
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Digital Submission Guidance - Summer 2024
Digital Submission (international centres)
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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
  • 100 slides per component (not including the Personal Study) 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 Libraries, 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 will continue to be updated and improved with a range of titles and performance levels so watch this space!

GCSE Exemplar Library artwork

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A Level Exemplar Library artwork

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  International GCSE Updates

Check out our recently published series of International GCSE Art and Design bitesize videos, created to support you with planning, delivery, and evidencing the four Assessment Objectives.

International GCSE Art and Design - Admin and Paperwork

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International GCSE Art and Design - AO1

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International GCSE Art and Design - Holistic AOs

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These are some resources that have been recently added to the qualification course materials pages to support you with planning, delivery and assessment.

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All of our support materials are available on the qualification course materials page.

2 Jan  International GCSE Art and Design
Externally Set Assignment released
31 May International GCSE Art and Design Digital submission deadline
24 Aug International GCSE Art and Design 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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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 performance and standardise within your centre.

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

International GCSE Art and Design (2017) Exemplar Library

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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)

Check out our new videos recently added to the Pearson BTEC YouTube playlists:

BTEC Tech Awards in Art and Design Practice (2022) - Component 1

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Art and Design Practice Component 1 training

BTEC Tech Awards in Creative Media Production (2022) - Components 1 and 2

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Creative Media Production Components 1 and 2 training

BTEC Tech Awards in Creative Media Production (2022) - Component 3

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Creative Media Production Component 3 training

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 to upload learner work for Component 2 external assessment
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

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.

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Administrative Support Guide
Component 1 Administrative Support Guide
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Administrative Support Guide
Component 2 Administrative Support Guide
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Key dates schedule 2023/2024
Tech Award Key Dates 2023-24
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 Sample Marked Learner Work - Component Two
Component 2 Exemplar - High Mark
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Sample Marked Learner Work - Component Two
Component 2 Exemplar - Mid Mark
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Sample Marked Learner Work - Component Two
Component 2 Exemplar - Low Mark
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Date Series Creative Media Production
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

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.

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Administrative Support Guide
Component 1 and 2 Administrative Support Guide
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Administrative Support Guide
Component 3 Administrative Support Guide
pdf | 274.4 KB
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Key dates schedule 2023/2024
Tech Award Key Dates 2023-24
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The Pearson Set Assignments (PSAs) for internally assessed components are available to download from the qualification Course Materials page under the ‘June 2024’ drop-down menu within the Internal Assessments (PSAs) category.

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The PSAs are secure materials, 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.

The live externally set tasks for externally assessed components are available to download from the BTEC Tech Awards Secure Tests page.

Please note, these are gold padlocked materials and can only be accessed by Exams Officers. 

After the live assessment period is completed Pearson will move the externally set tasks to the support pages so that they are readily available for teachers to access. If you are not currently set up to use Edexcel Online, then you need to check with the Edexcel Online Administrator at your centre. If you require any assistance, please contact us.

Check out the links below for helpful resources and support with delivering the Tech Awards.


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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.

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 as well as sign up for our upcoming briefing events.

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

The live externally set tasks for externally assessed components are available to download from the BTEC Nationals Secure Tests page.

Please note, these are gold padlocked materials and can only be accessed by Exams Officers. 

After the live assessment period is completed Pearson will move the externally set tasks to the support pages so that they are readily available for teachers to access. If you are not currently set up to use Edexcel Online, then you need to check with the Edexcel Online Administrator at your centre. If you require any assistance, please contact us.


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  International BTEC

The Pearson Set Assignments (PSAs) for internally assessed components are available to download from the qualification Course Materials page under the ‘Pearson Set Assignment’ drop-down menu within the Internal Assessments category.

The PSAs are valid for one year after the date published. You may use whichever PSA you prefer and the additional PSA is intended as a backup for any retakes required.

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The PSAs are secure materials, 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.


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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

Check out the latest updates on T Levels and sign up for future T Level updates.


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  A Level History of Art

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

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All of our support materials are available on the qualification course materials page.

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

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

We will be publishing our 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 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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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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