At Key Stage 4 Photography is delivered as an option subject only. Students use digital cameras to capture images, on a range of themes, which they then enhance and develop through digital editing software and by making connections with the work of other photographers. It is our goal to continually build on these skills, empowering our students and giving them the tools to effectively express themselves.

At Key Stage 5 our course lays an appropriate foundation for both the further study of creative subjects at university and application in the work-place. The focus on the digital image is retained, but it is here that students begin to hone their craft behind the lens – the course dictates that the students can demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the practical uses of a camera.

We believe photography should be an inclusive activity that can enrich the life experience of anyone who participates. To that end we encourage students to develop their own style to articulate their own views. We expect our students at this level to independently explore the possibilities of the media and to develop their knowledge appropriately. 


Assessment: GCSE AQA Art and Design (Lens based media)
Unit 1
Portfolio of work, project based set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
60% of final mark

Unit 2 

Externally set task, marked by the centre set and moderated by AQA
40% of the final mark


Exam Board

Entry Requirements
Students normally expected to have followed GCSE Photography course and attained a grade 4+

Course Content – A-Level

Unit 1

Personal Investigation
60% of A-Level
No time limit
96 marks
Personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Unit 2

A2 Externally Set Assignment
Supervised time 15 hours (exam)
96 marks
Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Exam Success

2017 A*-C 88%     2016 A*-C  83%

Contribution to SMSC
The creative process allows our students to engage with and comment on all aspects of human experience.  SMSC issues are always fundamental to their visual commentary.

Subject Club
Photography Club Thursdays 3.05-4.05pm