Photography

Key Stage 4:

At GCSE students follow the AQA Photography specification.

The course is based on traditional (film based) black and white photography and not only aims to give the pupils a thorough technical understanding of the subject but a critical one as well while at the same time their creativity is developed. Most of the work submitted is of a practical nature however it is always underpinned by written research on the work of important photographers and written evaluation of their own work.

Course Summary:

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work

  • Controlled assessment – set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA
  • 60% of the GCSE
  • Candidate portfolio selected work undertaken during the course of the study and must include work from multiple projects

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

  • Question paper issued in January of Year 11
  • Marked by the school and moderated by AQA
  • 40% of the GCSE
  • Unlimited preparation time
  • 10 hours of sustained focused study
  • Candidates respond to their chosen starting point

The department is very well equipped with three different darkrooms and equipment suitable for processing and printing all formats of film.

It prides itself in encouraging the pupils to produce work of the highest standard. 

The pupils have access to a 3000 volume library of books on photography and both 35 mm, medium and large format cameras.

Key Stage 5:

At A Level, students follow the AQA Photography specification.

Pupils do not have to have done the GCSE course to take the subject.

The course is based on traditional (film based) black and white photography and not only aims to give the pupils a thorough technical understanding of the subject but a critical one as well while at the same time their creativity is developed. Most of the work submitted is of a practical nature however it is always underpinned by written research on the work of important photographers and written evaluation of their own work.

Course Summary:

AS Level
Unit 1: Coursework portfolio

  • 50% of AS Level, 25% of A Level
  • No time limit
  • A portfolio of work set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment

  • 50% of AS Level, 25% of A Level
  • Supervised time 5 hours
  • Work produced will be marked by the school and moderated by AQA

A2 Level
Unit 3: Personal Investigation

  • 50% of A2 Level, 25% of A Level
  • No time limit
  • A personal investigation supported by a written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA.

Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment

  • 50% of the A2 Level, 25% of the A Level
  • Supervised time 15 hours
  • Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

The department is very well equipped with three different darkrooms and equipment suitable for processing and printing all formats of film.

It prides itself in encouraging the pupils to produce work of the highest standard.

The pupils have access to a 3000 volume library of books on photography and both 35 mm, medium and large format cameras.

Department Assesment feedback

Photography Department Feedback Matrix 2017-18