Ceramics offers an excellent opportunity for the expression of creative ideas and the development of skills and techniques required for their realisation. It allows for personal expression, teaches self-discipline and provides an opportunity for a healthy alignment between intellectual and feeling processes, encouraging the development of confidence and self-esteem.
Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
This unit allows you opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Your Personal Investigation will incorporate three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a Personal Study. Your supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points (agreed by your teacher).
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)
This component allows you opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme.
Unit 1: The Personal Study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding (1000 to 3000 words of continuous prose), which may contain integrated images. The Personal Study comprises 12% of this unit.
Unit 2: The Externally Set Assignment (exam paper) is released on 1 February from Edexcel and contains a theme and suggested starting points. You will create preparatory studies and then, around April time, have a 15 hour period of sustained focus, to produce your final outcome(s).
5 GCSE grades at 4 and above including a 4 in an Art subject.
You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses such as Graphics, Photography, Textiles or Fine Art. This could lead onto Higher Education in areas of 3D art and design, photography, architecture or more general Higher Education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as a model maker, potter, Architect, Interior Designer, Artist or Fashion Designer. You could also go straight into a job, as these courses are recognised qualifications that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.