Photography

It is vital that all students own, or can borrow, a camera other than a mobile phone camera.

AS Photography

Exam board: EDEXCEL

There are four assessment objectives (25% for each) that the students need to adhere to. These are:

AO1: DEVELOP AO2: REFINE AO3: RECORD AO4: PRESENT

Unit 1: Coursework (50%)

The introduction to the coursework acts like a mini-foundation course. Students will study how a variety of artists and photographers respond to the world around them and will work on getting to know the cameras. They will be encouraged to respond in their own way and start to explore a personal theme. There will be a trip to galleries and several photoshoots around London. It is vital that students start to visit a variety of locations to further their personal work.

The photographs are then cropped and manipulated using Photoshop and the students present all of their workings as a Power Point. Although most of the work is digitalised photography, there is room for film and photographic collage.

The coursework unit finishes with an eight hour Mock Exam where students work to perfect their Power Points and final photographic pieces.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (50%)

This exam paper will be given to students in the January of year 12. It is set by the exam board (Edexcel) and allows the student to prepare a work-journal of research leading to an eight hour examination in May.

The students need to use the experience gathered over the previous term of AS to help them develop ideas, explore materials, analyse, evaluate and work towards a final piece. They will then exhibit the work for internal marking and external verification by the exam board. As with the coursework, students will be judged on the four Assessment Objectives.

A2 Photography

Unit 3: Coursework (60%)

There are two components in this A2 unit; the Practical Work-Journal and the Personal Study. The Personal Study encourages the students to analyse and evaluate the work of artists and photographers in depth. For the practical journal they will be encouraged to respond in their own way and start to explore a personal theme. There will be a trip to London for a photo-shoot and to visit galleries.

Students can experiment with a variety of strategies and will be encouraged to take risks with their work and independently move forward. They should produce a Power Point of ideas, development, analysis and evaluation leading to the production of a final piece in a Mock Exam.

The coursework unit will be completed early in January.

Unit 4: Externally set assignment (40%)

This exam paper will be given to students in the January of year 13. It is set by the exam board (Edexcel) and allows the student to prepare a work-journal of research leading to the twelve hour practical examination in May.

The students need to use the experience gathered over the previous years of AS and A2 to help them develop ideas, explore materials, analyse, evaluate and work towards a final piece. They will then exhibit the work for internal marking and external verification by the exam board. As with the coursework, students will be judged on the four Assessment Objectives.