A photography GCSE can lead to an AS or A level in photography.  There are apprenticeship positions available within the photography industry as well as a wide range of future careers that would benefit from Photography GCSE, fashion photographer, media and marketing roles, freelance photographers, airbrushing/editors to name but a few.

The course will teach you how to use a camera and digital editing software as well as giving you a comprehensive understanding of the technical process that occurs when you take a photograph.  An enquiring mind and a willingness to learn new techniques is essential.  You will learn about photographers past and present and take inspiration from their images and ways of working.

The practical examination will take the form of a broad theme for example it could be something like "multiple images" or "unusual portraits".  You will have eight weeks to prepare for the timed test by building up a series of photoshoots, test shots, experiments and researcyh.  At the end of the period you will sit a 10 hour timed examination during which you will refine and edit 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 appropriate 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; this will consist of a wide range of images and projects that develop technical skills as well as ideas and creative thought processes.  You will create images in response to broad starting points as well as understanding more prescriptive tasks.  As you progress through the course you will be given the opportunity to pursue your own ideas and interestes within a given theme.


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


Practical examination

10 hours timed exam - Weighting 40%


The Personal Portfolio - Weighting 60%




Kings Reach
Slough Berkshire
Tel: 01753 537594
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