5 GCSE grades at 4 and above including Photography.
Following on from your GCSE photography course, you will confirm your camera skills and ability to use specialist equipment for studio lighting work and darkroom printing. the emphasis will be on recording, but you will also choose experimental paths relevant to your chosen starting point. You will need to communicate with clarity and demonstrate good subject knowledge by using correct vocabulary when you analyse images and explain your own ideas.
Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
This unit allows you opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Your Personal Investigation will incorporate three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a Personal Study. Your supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points (agreed by your teacher).
The Personal Study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding (1000 to 3000 words of continuous prose), which may contain integrated images. The Personal Study comprises 12% of this unit.
Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)
This component allows you opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme. The Externally Set Assignment (exam paper) is released on 1 February from Edexcel and contains a theme and suggested starting points. You will create preparatory studies and then, around April time, have a 15 hour period of sustained focus, to produce your final outcome(s).
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You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses such as Graphics, Fine Art, Textiles or Ceramics. This could lead onto Higher Education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general Higher Education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior Designer, Artist or Fashion Designer. You could also go straight into a job, as these courses are recognised qualifications that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.
In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.
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In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.