Each component is marked based on four assessment objectives:
|Assessment objective||AQA, Edexcel, Eduqas, OCR, WJEC and CCEA (from 2017)||CCEA (pre-2017)|
|AO1||Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.||Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding|
|AO2||Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes||Refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes|
|AO3||Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses||Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms|
|AO4||Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language||Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements|
In presenting your personal intentions and response, you need to show you have met all the assessment objectives in each component.
Although you can attempt the assessment objectives in any order, it is generally a good idea to work methodically through a project, so that you can keep track of your progress against all the objectives.