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Photography GCSE at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a one year course leading to the OCR, Art & Design examination in Photography. There is a short practical introduction to the use of SLR, manual Single Lens Reflex cameras along with digital cameras. Students are then introduced to the techniques involved in using the darkrooms and photographic studio.

Projects are introduced to enable students to develop individual skills, interests and aesthetic judgement. Tasks will be set during the course that will involve students using a combination of traditional black and white photography alongside digital photography

All aspects of the course are developed in practical ways by group discussions, demonstrations and individual tuition. Evidence of research into the work of famous photographers is required, linking to practical assignments.

Hours of Lessons per Week: 3.7
Indicative Group Size: 15 

Entry requirements

Students who wish to develop their visual skills through photography. No previous skill is required, but students should have four GCSEs grade D or above. Other qualifications from mature students will be considered. 

Assessment

Two units: One coursework project 60% and one exam project 40%

Future opportunities

With successful completion of other courses, this subject can lead to an A level Photography course. With other appropriate subjects at GCSE, BTEC in Art & Design, A level in Art and Design and other A levels can be studied. 

Further information

Contact Name: Sam Rouse Curriculum Leader - Arts
Contact Email: srouse@jcc.ac.uk
 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: POGC-DJA119
  • Web url: http://www.jcc.ac.uk

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