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GCSE Photography

Course title: GCSE Art and Design (Photography)

Exam board: OCR

Available grades: 1-9

Content overview: Project 1: Coursework Portfolio 60%Students will be learning about and developing a broad range of lens-based media skills. This will be done using a suite of DSLR Cameras as well as some analogue techniques. The coursework will involve technical skills (how to use a camera/lenses/software), as well as theory (formal elements/composition/lighting). The Coursework has the overarching theme of “Contrast”, within which students are able to personalise their work and find a specific area of interest. They will need to add context to their work by researching photographers and photography genres, and collecting diverse primary and secondary source images.  

Project 2: Externally Set Task (Exam) 40%Students will be issued an Exam Paper on which are listed five themes, one of which they must select for their Exam Project. The structure of this is similar to the coursework and will involve photographer research, gathering of relevant primary and secondary sources, practicing relevant skills, and the creation of a final exam piece. This must be completed over the course of a two day, ten-hour exam under controlled conditions.

Assessment: Majority of work is continually verbally assessed in lesson. This provides immediate feedback and guidance. Individual pieces will be formally assessed and will need to meet one of four Assessment Objectives.

Skills required to be successful: Our GCSE in Photography helps students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding to enable them to express their creativity and imagination through responses to visual and written stimuli.

  • Able to generate ideas independently
  • Able to reflect on own work and refine itBe persistent and able to concentrate for extended periods of time
  • Motivated to work independently and use own time to develop work and ideas
  • Reasonable level of literacy in order to explain ideas and intentions
  • Able to take constructive criticism and respond to professional advice
  • Commitment to the subject and own studies
  • Some technical knowledge of software desirable
Further study links:
  • A level Photography
  • L3 BTEC Photography
  • Apprenticeships
Career opportunities:
  • Commercial Photography
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Fashion/Design
  • Photography
  • Event Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Stock Photo Seller
  • Director of Photography
  • Food Photography