Photography (GCSE)

Photography (GCSE)

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

Photography may be defined as the creative journey through the process of lens- and light-based media. This could include work created using film, video, digital imaging or light sensitive materials. With the developments of new affordable lens-based technologies, students should attempt to use the photographic mediums to explore and create a body of work, which develops and refines both the
process and the concept. Students will also understand that Photography practitioners may work to client commissions within a commercial photography studio, or work as freelance photographers. They will need photo manipulation, graphic design skills, and good communication skills in order to liaise with clients and to promote themselves as photographers. All students must use drawing to support
the development process of their work and will be expected to demonstrate the ability to record their ideas, observations, insights and judgments through written annotation, using suitable specialist vocabulary

Topics Studied

During YR10 students will study the topic of “Natural Forms” and “Manufactured Objects”. As well as developing critical
understanding of artwork pupils will develop practical skills in sketching and drawing, digital photography, photo-editing, digital and
physical image manipulation. Towards the end of YR10 pupils will choose their own topic to study, starting points may include;
fantasy, portraits, world events, messages. This project will continue into YR11 until January when the externally set task is started.

How it’s assessed

Component 1 – Portfolio
Project work completed during YY10 and YR11 consisting of sketchbook studies and final piece. Portfolio work will be completed both
in school and at home. Assessed internally and moderated in June by the exam board. Worth 60% of the GCSE marks.

Component 2 – Externally set Task
Project work based on a topic sent by the exam board in January of YR11. Sketchbook work will be completed both in school and at
home and the final pieces will be produced during a 10 hour controlled exam session. Assessed internally and moderated in June by
the exam board. Worth 40% of the GCSE marks

Why choose it?

The course provides a solid pathway onto the A-Level Photography and higher education with the arts. Career pathways within the
creative industries include photojournalism, wild-life photography, portrait photography, graphic design, product design, animation
and fashion photography

  • Exam Board EDEXCEL
  • Course Code 1AD0
  • ASSESSMENT EXTERNAL ASSIGNMENT (40%) & Portfolio (60%) )
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