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Photography GCSE at Parliament Hill School

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Exam board – Edexcel Team Leader: Ms E. Hines, Why take it? Pathway? GCSE Photography can be taken as an additional subject. You can gain a place through recommendation by your current Art teachers, through showing high ability and enthusiasm in the creative fi eld. The sessions are taught for two hours after school, with two hours homework each week. This will give you the opportunity to experience a new and creative subject. You will gain an exciting range of photographic skills and a developed understanding of photographers and artists work. The GCSE gives a good grounding for AS and A2 studies in Photography and Art. This is an excellent grounding for creative pathways. Quotes from Year 11 “I think GCSE Photography is a really good opportunity to develop your creativity and it is really fun! I always look forward to going to Photography sessions and enjoy myself a lot whilst I’m there.” Assessment % breakdown (controlled assessment and external exam) GCSE Photography has a similar assessment structure as Art and Design. It can be taken alongside Art and a separate GCSE in Photography is awarded. It consists of a coursework unit and an exam unit, both involve recording observations, analysing both your own shots and the work of others, experimenting and developing through to completing fi nal outcomes. 60% Coursework Unit 40% Externally Set Assignment Preparatory studies within sketchbooks leading to fi nal outcomes. Exam 10 hours unaided Tiers on entry Untiered Requirements for A level/ Laswap A or B grades in GCSE Photography are benefi cial in gaining a place on AS Photography, alongside a Summer Assignment. Description of course Coursework and exam units have broad themes which you respond to in a wide variety of fun and creative ways. Through experimenting with many different approaches and analysing the work of photographers and artists you develop ideas and create a fi nal outcome. Many of these fi nal works can be seen on the top corridor of the Morant Building. Recent shots can also be seen in the Black History and Cultural Diversity exhibition and publication. 35mm SLR fi lm, digital compact and digital SLR cameras are used. Photoshop digital manipulation, lighting studio, darkroom processing and printing are all techniques that are developed with a very experimental and diverse approach. Year 10 The fi rst section of the coursework unit involves a series of active workshops to address an expanse of ideas and techniques. Throughout the workshops links are made to artists, photographers and current exhibitions. An independent approach is required to take shots outside session time, complete analysis and present shots into sketchbooks. This unit is brought to a conclusion in the year 10 exam, with a series of fi nal prints. Year 11 Within the coursework unit the second stage addresses a fresh new topic. The approach builds upon skills gained in year 10 and incorporates individual ideas and interests. Technical workshops, analysis and development conclude in fi nal pieces created in the Mock exam. The fi nal exam involves responding creatively to a fi nal topic, within a sketchbook and larger fi nal outcomes which are shown in the end of year exhibition. Events / trips / residential information Current exhibitions are visited at The Photographers’ Gallery, where the curator at the gallery will talk through the shows. Photoshop sessions at the City Learning Centre give grounding in digital manipulation which is then incorporated into further sessions back at school. Useful websites gcsebitesize/art/gallery1

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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