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Photography Curriculum

‘Motivate, inspire, create’

The Creative Design Faculty aims to motivate and inspire our students through providing a high quality, inclusive education for all. It is our mission to champion the value of creativity and expression to ensure our students develop into proactive citizens that have a voice in society.

We provide opportunities for our students to:

                Build confidence

                Express themselves

                Explore media, techniques and processes

                Create innovative ideas

                See a journey through from concept to realisation

                Take creative risks

                Learn life skills

Critically think and develop opinions

                Engage in professional practise

Key Stage 4

At GCSE level we teach the AQA Photography endorsed course, which is a broad-based course, developing new knowledge, skills and understanding for all Photography students. Students will study their GCSE option over two years for three periods a week.

You will explore four or five areas of study during the course which are:

  • portraiture
  • location photography
  • studio photography
  • experimental imagery
  • documentary photography
  • photo-journalism
  • moving image: film, video and animation
  • fashion photography.


The course is split into two units –

Component 1 – Portfolio of work 60% 

Students will develop a portfolio of work which includes:

§  A sustained project in response to a starting point or project brief – this must include evidence of research, the development of ideas and meaningful links with critical / contextual sources

§  A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments, skills-based workshops, mini and/ or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and any evidence of the student’s specific role in group work undertaken.


Component 2 – Externally set task 40%

Externally set assignment including 10 hours of supervised time. This unit follows the same process as the coursework units; research, artist inspired photos, Photo-shoots, initial ideas, development of ideas, Photoshop development, continual reflection through annotation and then the 10 hours is used to create a final piece of art.

All units of work are marked under four assessment objects – development, experimentation, recording ideas and presenting a final piece.


Department Staff

Mrs Richardson – Head of Department (Art and Photography teacher)

Mr Phillips – Photography Teacher (Assistant Principal)


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