GCSEPhotography

Unit Content

Photography may be defined as the creative journey through the process of lens- and light-based media. 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.

Component 1: Personal Portfolio
60% of the qualification  72 marks (18 marks for each of the four Assessment Objectives)
● Students create a personal portfolio of work that demonstrates their  knowledge, understanding and skills.
● This component allows students opportunities to:
develop and explore ideas |  research primary and contextual sources | experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes | present personal response to themes set by the centre


Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
40% of the qualification 72 marks (18 marks for each of the four Assessment Objectives)
Content overview
● The Externally Set Assignment (ESA) represents the
culmination of the GCSE course as it draws together a all the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Component 1.
● Students must present personal response(s) to an externally set broad-based thematic
S starting point, set by Pearson in the ESA paper.
● This component allows students opportunities to:
develop and explore ideas | research primary and contextual sources |  experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes | present personal response(s) to the externally-set theme.

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Alfred
Stieglitz

“How does a photographer learn?”
“By looking,” he replied.

 "This is our starting point, our mid-point and our endpoint. You don’t learn photography by buying more expensive cameras or longer lenses, but by taking your time to really see, to really look, before squeezing the shutter."

Course details

This course is graded as GCSE 9-1
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Photography
Assessment

Pupils complete an exam in each of the 4 skill areas:

Foundation : Listening (35 mins), Reading (45 mins) , Speaking (7-9 mins)  and Writing (45 mins). 

Higher  : Listening (55 mins), Reading (60 mins) , Speaking (10-12 mins)  and Writing (60 mins). 

The speaking exam is recorded and pupils do this exam with their class teacher.

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