Course Leader:     Mr Clark

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GCSE Photography


Examination Board:     AQA

Assessment:                   60% coursework, 40% examination


What does the course involve?

GCSE photography includes learning about the origins of photography and how to construct your own camera. The course will enable you to learn how to use a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera to its full creative potential. Through this you will also learn and practise darkroom skills, processing film and enlarging your own black and white photographs.

Also you are introduced to a wide range of digital techniques, including using Adobe Photoshop software to create photo montages, learn animation techniques and experiment in how to exploit the potential of long exposure digital photography.

Projects will be varied and may focus on topics such as portraiture, photojournalism, environmental photography and experimental photography.

Skills developed

Within a wide range of activities your photographic skills (in the use of light, viewpoints, composition, depth-of-field and darkroom techniques) will be developed alongside essential project work skills (time management, development of ideas, analysis and evaluation).

A Level

Examination Board:      AQA

Specification:                  Art 7241/C, 7241/X

Course Leader:               Mr E Clark

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What Will I Study?

A Level Photography explores many of the techniques, processes and concepts behind traditional chemical and modern digital Photography. The course gives students a range of skills, the ability to think in depth about the concepts and ideas underpinning the work of Photographers and a critical approach towards the presentation and quality of their own photography.

During year 12 students develop their ability to use techniques and processes through intense periods of experimentation, guided by in-depth research into a variety of photographic starting points. There are two portfolio projects in the autumn term, exploring chemical processes and portraiture.

In the second term of year 12, students begin the ‘Personal Investigation’ component in which they apply the skills they have developed through an independently designed project, which combines practical and written elements. In year 13 the students complete an externally set (exam) project which comprises 40% of the overall assessment.

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade B or above in GCSE Art and Design or Photography and a Grade B in GCSE Science.


Formative assessment takes place throughout the course with feedbacks, group critiques and learning conversations used to drive progress. The exam takes place at the end of year 13 and is externally moderated by AQA.

Where Next?

A Level Art and Design can be used as a bridge to FE courses such as ND, HND or Foundation Art and Design or HE courses such as degrees in various disciplines of Art; such as fine art, illustration and so forth. It is also an excellent grounding in practical skills which can lead to work-based learning and internships.

Below is some of the stunning photography work students at TGS have created.


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