Photography

When Studying GCSE Photography at St Joseph’s we allow students to explore the broad range of disciplines that Photography encompasses. After exploring the formal and technical elements of Photography we offer students the opportunity to meet the AQA Assessment Objectives when studying projects based around Portraiture and Still Life. Students are also required to carry out an Externally Set Project which includes a 10 hour exam. The practical nature of GCSE Fine Art demands a high level of commitment from students to ensure that they meet the standard required from them for both coursework and exam components.

Component 1: Portfolio

What’s assessed:

A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

How it’s assessed:

  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA

during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June when the student is in year 11.


Component 2: Externally set assignment

What’s assessed:

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it’s assessed

  • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA; marked by the school and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June.