Faculty of Art and Design Technology


Mr G Ainscough - Head of Art

Mr H Fisher


Photography has a wonderful ability to surprise, delight and challenge the viewer. The camera sees things that our eyes cannot see. It is an exciting medium that can be used in many different ways for example artistic, commercial, advertising, personal, fashion and architectural. Photographs can be used on the Web or as beautiful printed objects.


This course teaches pupils to look at the world in a creative way and enables them to apply creative, analytical and critical thinking which can be used in other subjects. It will enable pupils to:

  • Develop their creative potential
  • Appreciate a variety of photographic media, techniques and processes
  • Develop an awareness of critical analyses of artists' work
  • Develop their own ideas through awareness, practical application and written reflections
  • Experience hands-on experimentation using digital media


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020



Years 9, 10, & 11

This GCSE AQA Course is offered as an option subject to Year 9 pupils and to targeted pupils in Years 10 & 11. Pupils are required to complete two components. Component 1 is a Portfolio which must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the pupil’s course of study. Component 2 is an externally set assignment by the exam board.

The areas of study are listed below. Pupil’s may explore overlapping and combinations of areas.


  • portraiture
  • location photography
  • studio photography
  • experimental imagery
  • installation
  • documentary photography
  • photo-journalism
  • moving image: film, video and animation
  • fashion photography.



Component 1 – Portfolio

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June.

  • No time limit
  • 60% of GCSE


Component 2 – Externally set assignment:

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA; marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June.

  • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
  • 40% of GCSE