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Photography

At Key Stage 4 photography is delivered as an option subject only. Students use digital cameras to capture images on a range of themes, which they then enhance and develop through digital editing software and by making connections with the work of other photographers. Students explore a range of techniques including manual editing and collage, as well as instruction in Adobe Photoshop. It is our goal to continually build on these skills, empowering our students and giving them the tools to effectively express themselves. Students work toward development of two portfolios of work for the GCSE in photography.

At Key Stage 5 our course lays an appropriate foundation for both the further study of creative subjects at university and application in the work-place. The focus on the digital image is retained, but it is here that students begin to hone their craft behind the lens – the course dictates that the students can demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the practical uses of a camera. Students will also explore more advanced ways of analysing work, exploring and experimenting creatively and realising their own intentions. In studio and on location shooting will allow students to effectively control every aspect of picture taking.

We believe photography should be an inclusive activity that can enrich the life experience of anyone who participates. To that end we encourage students to develop their own style to articulate their own views. We expect our students at this level to independently explore the possibilities of the media and to develop their knowledge appropriately. 

KEY STAGE (GCSE) 4

Assessment: GCSE EDUQAS Art and Design (Photography)
Unit 1
Portfolio of work, project based set and marked by the centre and moderated by EDUQAS: 60{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} of final mark

Unit 2 

Externally set task, marked by the centre set and moderated by EDUQAS:
40{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} of the final mark

Contribution to SMSC
The creative process allows our students to engage with and comment on all aspects of human experience.  SMSC issues are always fundamental to their visual commentary. Students explore themes and issues pertaining to current affairs, historical events, social and psychological themes, philosophy and ethics.

Subject Club
The photography department is dedicated to the enrichment of students within and outside of the curriculum. Regular option-only catch up clubs are organised throughout the year. Lower school students will have the opportunity to explore photography through a dedicated taster club in the Summer term.

KEY STAGE 5

Exam Board
AQA

Entry Requirements
Students normally expected to have followed GCSE Photography course and attained a grade 4+

Course Content – A-Level

Unit 1

Personal Investigation
60{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} of A-Level
No time limit
96 marks
Personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Unit 2

A2 Externally Set Assignment
Supervised time 15 hours (exam)
96 marks
Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Exam Success

2017 A*-C 88{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb}     2016 A*-C  83{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb}

Contribution to SMSC
The creative process allows our students to engage with and comment on all aspects of human experience.  SMSC issues are always fundamental to their visual commentary.

Subject Club
Photography Club Thursdays 3.05-4.05pm