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In Lower School students are given a limited introduction to Photography in their art lessons which is intended to give them a taster and inspire them.

In Upper School, students work through the settings and features of modern digital cameras in order to develop basic skills.  They will then improve their skills through regular Photoshop tutorials and workshops.

Learners will analyse and interpret the work of artists, photographers and designers, in order to help them develop their own work in response to given themes or topics. 

The GCSE specification used is Art & Design (Photography), it emphasises the importance of photography as an art form as well as a way to communicate ideas.  Development of ideas through sustained research and individual work is the most important aspect of the course.

Assessment is 60% coursework and 40% controlled test and all work is marked using the same objectives:

  • Develop ideas through investigations demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding
  • Refine ideas through experimenting
  • Record ideas, observations and insights
  • Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

The Photography department comes under the umbrella of the Art GCSE.  It has had high levels of success both in student satisfaction and attainment. In order to continue to build on success this page http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/gcse/    provides resources and links to help support your child through the course, including the course specification.  There are links to other websites and PowerPoints for artist inspiration and template resources for presenting research work. 

In lessons students have to create a personal response to a starting topic (such as ‘movement’ or ‘strange’) through their photography.  Following research and development of ideas this process concludes with students creating a ‘final piece’.  It is throughout this process that you can help by suggesting ideas for photos which are personal to your child

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries.  Including requests for documents or support.

Advice for Parents

  • Encourage students to take photographs outside of school.
  • Ask students about their projects and suggest ideas for photos.
  • Help them get collect resources for their final exam,

GCSE Information and Useful Documents

You can access the subject specification as well as past papers on the AQA website here

Students will receive their exam paper in January of their final year.  This will be made availiable on this site as soon as possible

Other sites that may be useful are:

Search Art2day.co.uk (under artist search) for your own ideas.  The password is ‘firework’.

Pinterest is also an excellent resource to help come up with ideas.  Obviously this will have to be done out of school.  Try and search things like ‘photography gcse ’

A superb site with 1000’s of ideas and tips http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/photography

Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative of the world’s best photographers.  Owned by its photographer-members, https://www.magnumphotos.com/