Students will be guided through a number of introductory projects, skills and techniques to create a strong foundation of working knowledge before becoming immersed in a personal coursework project to be completed by January of Year 11. To be successful in Photography GCSE, students will meet the four assessment objectives whilst evidencing research, experimentation/making, recording of ideas and quality outcomes. In January of Year 11, students receive their exam papers from the exam board and choose a prompt to respond to. They will then work on a portfolio of supporting work to prepare them for their 10-hour exam where they will create a final piece(s).
Students will be expected to research influences and inspiration before planning to take photographs both on location and in the studio. Once this is done students will need to edit their work and present it in an appropriate and interesting manner. To provide students with enough opportunity to photograph a range of subjects there will be organised trips, to given locations; however it is likely that students will need to plan their own excursions, on top of the organised trips, as each project nears completion.
Students must provide evidence of drawing and written annotation throughout each of their portfolios (coursework and exam project), as it will help communicate their ideas, findings and understanding of the subject.
Component 1 Portfolio of work 60%
Component 2 Externally Set Assessment 40%
There is no written examination, although there is an externally set task consisting of a preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time. Written work is a requirement in the preparation work for both components.
A camera is not essential; however, students are welcome to use their own. An SD card for file back-up is highly recommended. Access to Adobe Creative Cloud, although not essential, would benefit students in producing their work.
Extended learning is set on a regular basis. Students are expected to produce & annotate work in their digital sketch books. Students choosing this subject should have a genuine love for taking photographs and will enjoy producing work beyond the lesson, at home or in art club.
Photographer, artist, museum curator, illustrator, graphic designer, product designer, architect, jeweller, interior designer, set designer, visual artist, marketing, web creator, filmmaker, animator, advertising.