“Life is like a Camera. Focus on whats important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”

AQA GCSE Photography is for our creative students who enjoy playing with imagery, like being arty and love to take photographs!

The photography course is very similar to the Art GCSE in that students will research photographers and develop their own ideas. They will be taught how to experiment with cameras, studio lighting and even digital editing using industry standard equipment. Finally students will aim to improve the quality of their work and make a professional looking final pieces for displays around the school and on the website. 

Photography provides a great outlet for creativity as well as being a useful addition to the students qualification, which can help to secure admissions to college or further education.  Students will create a portfolio of work which will show coverage of the four assessment objectives and make up 60% of the final GCSE grade.  This will include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertake during the students course of study.

Students will also be set an externally set assignment which will make up the final 40% of their GCSE grade.    This externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding in response to their selected starting point.  

Defining spiritual, moral, social, cultural development within Art


Within Art pupils are given the chance to be creative and use their imagination when constructing pieces of work, reflecting on how they feel they have done and encouraging self-knowledge. Pupils research each topic looking at the origin of work studying religious and spiritual themes, examining pieces of work that address morality, discussing racism, sex and violence, etc…

By studying different religions and faiths pupils gain and understanding of the world in which we live, pupils are encouraged to ask questions and class discussions are the focal point. This gives pupils the opportunity to appreciate and accept others opinions.

Art encourage teamwork in where pupils learn to work as part of a team and communicate with others. This gives pupils a value of their own environments and the environment and cultures of others.

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Teachers have high aspirations for pupils and their next steps in life...Pupils are well prepared to leave school after Year 11.

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