Photography (KS4)

Photography is offered as a GCSE course. During the course, students will study a range of photographers and techniques, producing a portfolio and researching historical and modern photographers before producing their own interpretations of their work.

We have recently invested in a state-of-the-art photography studio, which offers an outstanding creative space for students. Students will look at a variety of topics including portraiture, location photography, experimental imagery and documentary photography. As students work in each of these areas they will look at how meanings, ideas and intentions in photography can be communicated by experimenting with colour, line, form, tone, texture, shape, pattern and composition. Students will also develop a range of skills that allows them to confidently produce work by considering lighting, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and viewpoints.

The Photography Learning Journey provides a general overview of what students will cover in this subject.

View the Photography Learning Journey.

Table of Topics

Year 10 Year 11
  • An Introduction to Photography
  • Still Life
  • Taking photos in a studio
  • Joiners and Panoramics
  • Destroy and Distort
  • Documentary photography – A Day in my Life
  • Work Interpretation
• Adding text to images
• Messages
• Framing
• Built Environment
Examination Board: AQA GCSE Photography (8206)

The course consists of 2 units; the Coursework unit and the Externally Assessed Assignment. During the GCSE course students complete a range of projects based on a variety of themes, which make up 60% of the final GCSE grade. At the end of the course, students complete an externally set task which comprises the remaining 40%. This involves students selecting a question from an examination paper and then producing their own personal response to the theme.

Portfolio 60%

Students will complete a portfolio of work, that will include one full project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the production of a final piece. They will also complete a selection of smaller projects as part of the portfolio that will make up the ‘coursework’ element of the qualification.

Externally Set Assignment 40%

The externally set assignment will be carried out in the spring term of Year 11. Students will research and design their own project during the preparatory period and then produce a final piece in 10 hours based on a statement issued by the examining board.

Find out more about this qualification.

GCSE Photography Video


Mr S Taylor | Subject Leader Creative Industries
Miss G Sills | Teacher of Art, Craft & Design and Photography

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