Years 10 and 11 GCSE Photography (optional subject)

Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Number: 5PY02

Why choose to study photography at GCSE?

To develop an awareness of the natural and man made environment. To develop an understanding of the work of others – artists, craftspeople and designers; linking them to your own work. To develop your special attitudes and interests, gaining confidence and a sense of adventure and achievement.

Course Details

We spend the first term learning the basics of black and white photography and digital imaging. Controlled assessment takes the place of coursework; this runs for twenty weeks in the fourth and fifth term. There is a final examination in the form of another project but completed in ten hours.

Examination Details

Coursework: 60%
Examination: 40%

The exam paper is given out in February, allowing ample time for preparation. The ten hour exam follows the Easter break, and the examination and coursework are displayed for final marking, also forming part of an annual exhibition of work.

Controlled Assessment

This covers investigation, recording of information, influences of other photographers, artists and designers, development of ideas and plans, plus a final display of photographs. The title is chosen to make sure all requests for controlled assessments are met.