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Externally set assignment (ESA) – Sketchbook journey 10-12 weeksComponent 2: ESA 40% of grade​​​​​​​


Pupils will receive an externally set question paper from AQA at the beginning of January. It will list possible starting points to inspire their individual projects. The rest of the term is used to complete sketchbook preparation, covering AQA Art & Design’s assessment objectives in a similar way to their previous coursework projects.

All preliminary written work, designs, drawings, sketchbooks etc., will be presented for examination with the completed ‘examination piece’, which is likely to be a painting, drawing, textile design, sculpture, screen/lino print, or a piece of ceramics. Each pupil will decide on the type of response they wish to make from the choice of starting points/stimuli.

Cultural Capital: Arts, learning through the artwork of others, life skills (drawing)

UN Rights of the Child:
29. Aims of Education
31. Rest, play, culture, arts

Example Key Words


Non exam assessment

Starting Point

A theme or stimulus to base initial ideas around. Starting points are generally mindmapped and visually researched before pupils start creating work in response.

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