Why study Photography?

This subject allows students to be creative and gives learners a focused exposure to the production of still images and/or moving images through the lens-based approach.

Photography is traditionally a popular subject, where lessons are undertaken in a very calm and relaxed environment.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

The majority of students who study GCSE Photography go on to follow the subject at A Level. From there they tend to go on to study foundation and degree courses at places such as Central St. Martins, Surrey Institute of Art & Design or as far afield as places like Leeds, Nottingham or Manchester.

You could progress into art related jobs in architecture, interior design, video games design, fashion, graphic design or illustration.

What will I learn?

You will explore a wide variety of Photography and Film. The course involves educational visits to places such as Photographer’s Gallery and other galleries and exhibitions in London.

What skills will I acquire?

  • Traditional chemical technology, printing and developing films.
    Digital technology to print photographic images.
  • Camera equipment (both traditional and digital), format and lenses.
  • Traditional and experimental chemical darkroom processes
  • Lighting and exposure techniques.
  • Alternative chemical print processes, for example, liquid emulsions, toning and the use of various types of paper.

How is it assessed?

Unit 1: Photography Portfolio 60%
Unit 2: Controlled Assignment 40%