Leeds West Academy

Arts & Design Year 7 next steps curriculum

Courses in CDVA

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE Art and Design(AQA)
  • GCSE Photography(AQA)
  • BETC Level 2 Art & Design

Key Stage 5

  • A Level Graphics Art
  • A Level Photography
  • BTEC Level 3 Art and Design

 Term By Term Schemes of Work


Photography GCSE


BTEC Art and Design

For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Matthew Hargreaves (Head of CDVA)

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Arts & Design

Encompassing fine art, graphics, design, photography, chemical darkroom and ceramics, whilst leading in the visual medium of digital technologies. 

The department is very well equipped in ICT with three suites of Apple Mac computers supporting the full Adobe suite including Photoshop, Illustrater and In Design. The green screen studio and cinema enable students to explore and work with state-of-the-art Audio/Visual technology and a purpose built darkroom and kiln complement the digital facilities to provide a holistic and varied design curriculum.

The subjects are taught at National Curriculum Key Stage 3 to all pupils for two lessons per week.  Students opt at the end of Year 8 with 18 groups currently studying a KS4 course over the Years 9, 10 and 11. Courses followed include NCFE Media, BTEC First Diploma, GCSE Photography and GCSE Art and Design. There are AS/A2 level groups in Art, Craft & Design, Photography and Graphics.  BTEC Level 3 groups also feature in Art and Design,

Students, as artists achieving and enjoying, are at the heart of the Creative, Digital, Visual Arts Area at Leeds West Academy.  Embracing the 'Leeds West Way' and a positive ethos, CDVA offers an exciting range of skills and mediums including Photography, Film, Digital Imaging, Graphic Communication, Creative Media, Textiles and Craft. A wonderful blend of enthusiastic students and energetic teachers passionate about their subject specialism underpins learning in the creative area where every child matters.