Photography is an exciting medium that can be used in many different ways. These ways
of utilising photography are artistic, commercial, advertising, personal, industrial, through fashion and architectural uses. Photography GCSE offers new and exciting opportunities for students as it is a subject that they have not previously studied at Key Stage 3. The students will be encouraged to use
their creative and imaginative powers which will enable them to develop new artistic and practical skills.
Students will have the opportunity to work in an artistic way using digital cameras and learning new skills and programs on the
computer such as Adobe Photoshop.
Coursework will involve producing a Portfolio of Work. The themes are
set by the teacher but the students are encouraged to make a personal response. Coursework is completed during lesson and homework time. The Externally Set Task involves preparation time and 10 hours
of supervised time to produce the final piece. This unit is 40% of the total marks.
Students will learn to investigate, analyse and experiment with the aesthetic qualities of photography and work in such fields
§ Urban Space
§ Documentary and Photo-Journalism
§ Landscape and Environmental Photography
§ Experimental Photography
Unit 1: 60% of total
Portfolio of Work which must include more than one project. The themes are set
by the teacher but the students are encouraged to make a personal response.
Unit 2: 40% of total
Externally Set Task which culminates in a ten hour examination period, during which
time the students will produce a final piece of work.
*Both units are marked by the teacher and moderated by AQA through a visit to the
Full AQA Specification is available here: