This qualification encourages a personal, explorative, investigative and enquiring approach to chemical and digital photography.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in the following:

The ability to explore elements of visual language; line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography. The ability to respond to an issue, theme, idea, or work to a specific design brief answering a ‘client’ in Photography. The appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement through such techniques as sequence or the ‘frozen moment’. The appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography. An understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, and where appropriate the presentation and layout.

Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of: How ideas and feeling can be conveyed through photography. Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres. How images relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts. Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to photography. The working vocabulary and specialist terminology relevant to their chosen area of photography.

All students will provide evidence of practical work exploring one or more of the following areas. They may explore overlapping or combinations of the following:

  • Portraiture, documentary and /or photo journalism.
  • Landscape photography.
  • Working from objects, still life or from the natural world.
  • Experimental imagery.
  • Photographic installation, video, animation, television and film.
  • Fashion Photography.
  • Multimedia and moving image.

There is a mandatory requirement that all students keep work journals for their projects. These journals are a visual diary in which students record the development of ideas, illustrating skilled judgements, understanding and development using appropriate visual, verbal and literary skills. These judgements will necessarily include critical and historical reference to the work of other artists and photographers.

This course is ideal for a student wishing to develop creative thinking. The theoretical skills learnt will enable them to set their own thinking within a wider historical and cultural context. Practical skill will enable students to communicate their thinking to a wider audience and also to prepare them for future progression.



  • Grade C (5) or higher in GCSE English Language and
  • Grade B (6) or higher in at least one of the following GCSE subjects:
  • Art, Photography, Media, Textiles, Drama and Theatre Studies, Chemistry, Physics, History.


  • A visual curiosity and desire to explore themes, meaning and ideas using a broad reference base; together with a willingness to analyse and apply a range of chemical and digital processes to personal image making.


Past students, wishing to work within the creative arts industry, have progressed on to study specialist courses at Foundation and Degree Level. Careers are too numerous to list but range from freelance photography, forensics, medical, work within the forces, graphic design, illustration, fashion, natural history, advertising, media, TV and film. However, the AS and A2 qualification in Photography is an excellent creative recording platform for students wishing to enter further and higher education in all fields of study and will enable you to demonstrate breadth and balance within your study.


There are four assessment objectives within Photography.

  • AO1. Develop ideas through sustained and focussed investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
  • AO2. Explore and select appropriate resources, media and materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
  • AO3. Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
  • AO4. Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.


Students routinely achieve 100% pass rates, with many achieving A* or A in recent years with successful progression onto specialist degrees.


Mr Pascoe - Head of Art and Design/Creative and Performing Arts Faculty

Mrs Schooling

Mrs O’Shea.



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