Examination Board: Edexcel
What is the aim of the course?
GCSE Photography teaches us to look at the world in a creative way. The creative potential stimulated in this course will enable you to apply creative, analytical and critical thinking to other courses. Throughout the course you will experiment with, and develop skills through a variety of photographic concepts, media, techniques and processes including digital media.
What will you study in this subject?
Photography teaches students how to use all functions of a digital SLR camera. You will be given a theme and will research and respond to the work of other artists and photographers to help develop your own ideas, written reflections, and make creative personal responses. The course enables you to manipulate your photographs using ICT in image editing software, and experiment with printing your images using different techniques, processes and materials. You can also creatively incorporate video and animation as well as other art, craft and design disciplines into your work.
How is your work assessed?
You will be given a project theme and interpret it in a wide range of ways. The process and development of your creative journey will be presented through sketchbooks. These will be used to support your final personal responses. As in KS3, you will be assessed against the four assessment criteria (Develop, Record, Refine & Present).
Unit 1: Personal Portfolio 60% of total marks. This coursework unit can be divided into smaller projects covering different themes.
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment 40% of total marks. The ten hour practical exam is spread over two days. You will be given eight weeks to produce preparatory work in sketchbooks on a theme set by the exam board. All coursework completed during the course counts towards your final GCSE grade. You need to be conscientious and committed to meeting deadlines. Plenty of support is available.
What qualification will I get?