Student themes for the year are still life/ natural forms and transform. Students begin learning about the visual elements and composition through the exploration of textures and patterns and then applying this through hand rendering and Photoshop editing. Students then move onto consolidating their knowledge in composition through a mini project looking at black and white and colourful still life. In this they learn darkroom skills and learn how to explore an appropriate choice of media and develop their own independent ideas. This is consolidated into a final piece. 'Transform' then explores different ways students can use Photoshop editing and hand rendering to transform their images. Techniques covered are double, multiple and slow shutter speed, text and image and a variety of Photoshop editing skills.


Students start year 10 looking at the exploration of portraiture and different portraiture styles within photography. Students start off by looking at black and white and street portraiture. Within this, students learn to refine their critical analysis and recording, re visit composition and lighting as well as different ways in which photographs can be edited using an appropriate choice of media. Students then look at the topics ‘distort’ and ‘disguise’; learning how photographers create meaning and through image manipulation furthering their editing skills. This leads into students following a set brief and producing a final outcome in response to their chosen artist.

After Easter Students will then begin their independent GCSE project where they are given 3 topics to choose from. These include; mixed media, still life and fashion. Each of these allow students to consolidate their photographic practise and build on the skills learnt in years 9 & 10. Students initially start working from a choice of photographers provided and respond to their work through research, recording and editing allowing them to gather and develop concepts and ideas. Upon return in year 11 students will then develop their own ideas through their own independent choice of photographers and produce a final outcome.


Students continue working on their independent topic choices. Students learn how to develop their work into a final outcome; working to the AOs. From January, students commence their examination project, following a set of guidelines similar to GCSE Art: research and analysis, photographic ideas, artist interpretation, development of ideas, editing and experimentation, planning a final outcome and production of the final outcome with evaluation.


Year 12 Photography

Students start A-Level Photography with a technical skills project based around the theme 'textures' to prepare them with a foundation of initial skills. Students learn and explore basic camera settings, studio lighting, digital and hand rendering editing skills. They start off with a directed project exploring a variety of photographers. Once completed students then begin a mini self-directed project based on the theme ‘textures’ with topics such as 'water’, ‘hair & fur’ and ‘make up'.  Within this, students work towards the assessment objectives and consolidate their learning.  They learn how to structure a sketchbook, develop independent ideas, refine photographic skills and select appropriate media to experiment with. Students then produce a final outcome. This teaches students how to meet all the AOs for Photography in preparation for their Personal Investigation coursework unit, but is not intended to be used as part of the coursework (it is primarily skills building and preparation).

Year 12 & 13 

Students begin working on their Personal Investigation which is a concept or theme they have chosen to explore in depth. Within this they explore different photographers work and respond to it based around their theme. This project is self-directed and allows students to work independently and build resilience through decision making and development of ideas. Within this piece of work they complete a personal related study which is an essay based on an idea or concept within their personal investigation topic. It is a contextual study where students are required to explore a question in depth; analyzing the work of photographers whilst evaluating their own. Once complete, students then begin studying for their A-Level Photography examination where students are given a broad range of topic titles in which they choose and respond to. They then make a final outcome in a 15 hour examination.

Where Will It Lead?

Qualifications in Photography can lead to entry into a wide variety of career areas, including fashion, graphics, sports, photo-journalism, medical photography, media or business-related industries. In addition, it can lead to employment in more specialised art, craft and design-related areas. Students often pursue a Degree in Photography at University.

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  • Miss G Young: Head of Faculty -
  • Miss S Pilkington - Teacher of Art, Textiles and Photography
  • Miss L Watts, BA Hons, PGCE - Teacher of Art and Photography Teacher i/c KS4-4 Photography