GCSE Photography is all about developing ideas visually through use of the camera and creative digital and manual editing.  Photography is for those individuals who enjoy using the camera to realise their creative intentions.

Photography GCSE allows students to explore and study a range of techniques for advancing and improving their photographs including lighting, composition, digital and manual editing as well as how to use an SLR camera.  It is essential that students are creative and keen to learn new techniques and processes.  A range of photographers and photographic practices will be studied.

Module Year 9
1 Composition skills
2 Photoshop skills
3 SLR skills - light and the camera
5/6 Portrait project
Module Year 10

Sub-focus for portrait project

Pupils will work through guided tasks that link to their chosen focus from the title above.  They will experiment with different editing techniques, both digital and manual, to refine their ideas.  Photographers that link through theme and or technique will be studied and referenced.  Pupils should endeavour to find their own contextual references also.


Assessment Objective 3 and 4

Pupils will spend these modules developing their ideas to produce more refined images leading to a final outcome/s.

5 Skills carousel - a range of additional techniques learnt to support students mock exam.

Pupils will sit a 5 hours mock exam to create their final response to Unit 1.

Work towards assessment objective 1 and 2 for the selected theme for unit 2 will be started.

Module Year 11

Continue to develop coursework units.  Independently led topics and project

Course deadline end of Autumn term.


Externally set exam paper issued to pupils.

Produce mini project investigating a topic selected from the exams 6 options.

The practical examination will take the form of a broad theme for example it could be something like "Journeys" or "Time".  You will have eight weeks to prepare for the timed test.  At the end of the period you will sit a 10 hour timed examination during which you will produce your final piece(s) of work.  The 4 assessment objectives are:

  • develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding
  • refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriatie resources, media, materials, techniques and processes;
  • record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms;
  • respond - Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Coursework.  The Personal Portfolio.

For the coursework you will complete two projects.


A portfolio built up over the course and an exam in Year 11


Practical examination

10 hour timed exam

Weighting 40%


The Personal Portfolio

Weighting 60%


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