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Exam Board Specification: Edexcel Photography (9PY0)

How the course is assessed

Unit 1: Art and Design Coursework: Students should submit supporting studies, a linked personal study of 1000-3000 words and practical outcomes from personal starting points. Work to be submitted for final teacher assessment. Centre marks are submitted to Edexcel in advance of sample moderation.

Unit 2: Art and Design Externally Set Assignment: Students should submit supporting studies and practical outcome(s) in response to the given theme. The externally set paper will be available to centre staff during January of each year as a paper copy and through the secure content section of the website. The timed element of twelve (15) hours is carried out under controlled conditions at any time at the centre’s discretion after the papers are released to students. All Units are assessed in school and verified through external moderation.

Description of course

All Photography units are delivered through coursework over two years and will be allocated a proportionate amount of time to complete. The coursework enquiry exploits ICT colour digital imagery, using professional software. Students are expected to take their negotiated personal developments into quality silk-screen outcomes. There is a mandatory requirement that students keep a work journal for each of the units. The journals should contain evidence of the personal development of the student’s ideas including reference to the work of a variety of photographers and show an understanding of meanings and context. It should also reflect the student’s ability to make skilled and sensitive judgements using imagery and notation.

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

This course leads directly to Foundation and Degree courses in Photography at University.

2017 Examination success rates:

Past rate: 100%
A*-B grades: 87%
A*-C grades: 100%

Entry criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 4 or higher in English Language, grade 4 or higher in Maths (point score of 44.5 or higher).

To study A Level Photography, students are also required to have a GCSE grade B or equivalent in an Art or design related subject or a grade 5 in English Language if no GCSE.

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Name: Mr D Wright
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Sydney Russell