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Photography, Lens and Light Based Media

Exam Board - Edexcel

Course Content

This course offers an expressive and/or interpretative response to the visual world which is produced with the aid of lens based media and may be manipulated by digital technology. It embodies knowledge and understanding of meanings, information and experiences through a body of photographic work. Understanding is demonstrated through the process of experimentation and is communicated by the production of outcomes. Photographic skills are developed through the use of formal elements, techniques and technology and their application to selected media.
The course is structured on two units at AS level and two units for the full A-level.
Year 12
AS Certificate
 
 
PHOTOGRAPY-LENS AND LIGHT BASED MED
Component 1
50% AS
Coursework Portfolio
2 workbooks which show experimentation and exploration of methods, techniques and processes in black and white and colour photography, in both digital and traditional format.
Research and explanation to show an understanding of context, styles genres, traditions.  Production shots to show use of: the camera, lighting and exposure, digital technology, printing, alternative manipulation and presentation.
Component 2
50% AS
Controlled Assignment
A response over 8 - 10 weeks to an externally set theme evidenced in a workbook.  10 hour focussed manipulation and production of a series of images. A presentation of all the response to the theme with final outcomes and evaluative discussion.
Year 13
A-level
Component 1
60% of A-level
Personal Investigation
Study of a chosen area with practical outcomes which include a ‘work book’ of investigation into the theme. 1 written response in either book, folder or typed in essay format that supports a personal project document in 1 or 2 sketchbooks – minimum of 1000 words. Production of a number of resolved photographs which arise from the study and its themes.
Component 2
40% of A-level
Controlled Assignment
A response over 10 weeks to an externally set theme evidenced in a workbook.  15 hour focussed manipulation and production of a series of images. A presentation of all the response to the theme with final outcomes and evaluative discussion.

Methods of Assessment

AS Component 1 and A2 Component 1 are internally set and marked, externally moderated.  AS Component 2 and A2 Component 2 are externally set, internally marked and externally moderated.
In May/early June of each course year, students will need to present units for external moderation.  This will take the form of an exhibition.  Each student will be allocated one or two panels of display screen and a table.  Both units must be submitted for AS and both units for the A-level.  The exam piece and supporting work and the complete coursework units.  Assessment is based on the ability to:
  • Develop ideas through sustained investigations and exploration
  • Analyse and evaluate critically, showing understanding of purpose meanings and contexts
  • Record in an appropriate manner
  • Present a resolved response which realises intentions
The four assessment objectives above are the same for AS and A-level.  They are equally weighted.  At A-level there is an additional assessment grid for the written personal study.  This assesses pupil’s written communication, use of specialist terminology and ability to express ideas fluently.  AS and A-level have been ‘decoupled’ – which means that AS marks or grades do not count towards the full A-level.

Other Information

Students need to have a digital camera and be able to independently be able to print onto photo quality printing paper at home with access to image based computer programmes.
A wealth of knowledge can be acquired through visits to galleries, museums and exhibitions as well as reading articles, magazines, books, blogs etc. to build up a wide appreciation of photography and its potential possibilities.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in Art and Design.  Students who have not studied Art should see Miss Sagar.