The aims of the course
The GCSE Photography course aims to give you a broad education in the varied aspects of Photography, both camera, computer and more experimental work. You will be expected to use research, recording, analysing, exploration, developing and experimentation skills throughout the course when producing work. The Photography course allows you to develop your camera, editing and development skills, initially focusing on basic camera and editing skills.
The course structure
It is a 3 year course; Year 9 is classed as a foundation year with the initial project focused on developing basic photographic skills and building on skills learnt in art in Years 7 and 8. In Years 10 and 11 you will continue to produce your coursework portfolio and prepare for your final exam. You will complete at least 3 assessed projects and your final exam throughout Years 9, 10 and 11 based on a variety of themes, linking your work with different elements of inspiration.
You will experience a wide range of materials and techniques including:
Camera skills Adobe Lightroom Still life
Adobe Photoshop Presentation skills Portraiture
Experimental Work Mixed Media Composition
How the course is Assessed
Coursework 60% Exam 40%
The coursework produced in Year 9, 10 and 11 is worth 60% of your overall GCSE grade. The Externally Set Assignment, which is completed in Year 11 and set by the exam board, includes preparation time and a final practical exam, which accounts for the final 40%. All work produced in class and at home is assessed.
Home learning is an integral part of each art based GCSE and expectations are high. Art club sessions are used regularly by many Art and Photography pupils in all year groups. Sketchbook work is an essential requirement of the course, it will also help if you have access to a digital camera at home to produce photo shoots and individual images.
Equipment advice for Photography Home Learning:
Ideal: a full DSLR or bridge camera, allowing students to use the technical skills they will be taught on the course
Recommended: access to a compact digital camera, however school cameras are available.
Head of Subject Presentation – Helen Clark