Rickmansworth School GCSE Pathway 3 Option Booklet

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Overview Photography is unique in its cross curriculum potential. On the technical side physics, chemistry and maths are part of the course while on the critical side English and History are exploited. Underlying this, and most importantly, is creativity. To maximise engagement pupils choose their own practical and theoretical themes. By the end of the course the students are expected to have taken photographs, processed them and printed from the negatives unassisted. This requires a thorough knowledge of how a camera controls the input of light and how this affects the image. They are expected to be able to evaluate the work of other photographers. All components are a combination of written and practical work. Costs Over the two years they will spend about £150 on materials. This figure depends on how productive and efficient the pupil is. The department makes every attempt to minimize the costs. Loan cameras are supplied.

Trips There are no compulsory trips associated with this course.

Pathways Further Education: A Level Photography University: Photography, Art, Media, Journalism, Science, Design Career: Photographer, Journalist, Photo Journalist, Teacher, Chemist, Physicist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Architectural Photographer, Stage Manager.


Component 1

Component 2

• Coursework. The first term and a half in year 10 is devoted to all relevant aspects of photographic theory and the major body of written work is completed in the second term. The practical coursework is started on completion of this written work. Further but less substantial written work is done to compliment the practical work. There are two parts to the coursework, an un- themed unit and a themed unit. The pupils choose their own theme. • The coursework is worth 60% of the final mark.

• In February of Year 11, the controlled assessment (exam) is started and completed, with supporting written work, in April. • The exam is worth 40% of the final mark.

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