GCSE Photography is an option subject and if selected, students are timetabled for three one hour lessons per week.

The main emphasis of the course is on experimentation and development of ideas towards personal outcomes that show a strong visual and conceptual understanding. During the course students will learn how to use a digital camera, other lens-based media and computer software to complete a range of creative projects in both still and moving image. Students work in sketchbooks and e-portfolios that are used as the platform for documenting their preparatory studies/developmental work.

Students in Year 10 work on four projects (The Basics, Alive! Welcome to… and Strange and Distorted). The first two projects are mini projects intended to help students become familiar with the camera and improve their knowledge of a wide range of photographic and moving image techniques and processes. The last two projects are extended projects that cover all the assessment objects and run much like the exam would do in year 11. This promotes independence and fosters an understanding of the requirements needed for success in the summer exam. During year 11 students undertake a mock exam and have the Autumn term to prepare for the practical exam. At the start of the Spring term, students are given their themes for the exam and have approximately 10 weeks to prepare. We follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design: Photography course.

There are a number of trips run throughout the course and but students will also be expected to independently go out and take photographs and visit exhibitions/galleries to further their understanding of the subject.

The department encourages the use and development of ICT skills. We have a suite of Apple Macbooks and desktops for all students to use. Frequently used programs include: Pages, Keynote, PowerPoint, Word, Google Drive, WordPress, Pixelmator, Pixlr and iMovie.