Mr Solomon - Head of Department

Mr Baines - Teacher of KS3 Photography


KS3 Subject Content

Year 7 & 8 

Photography at KS3 is delivered as part of the technology rotation. The unit generally lasts between 7 - 9 weeks and is designed to give a taste of the learning and opportunities that GCSE photography can offer.


We begin with an introduction to Photoshop CS6, an image manipulation program that provides all the tools you need to edit, improve and create impressive artwork. Students are also taught how to use compact digital cameras providing photos for future ideas and experiments. 


Students are assessed on their knowledge and skills at the end of the unit.

KS4 Subject Content

Qualification Name: GCSE (Art & Design) Photography

Exam board: Edexcel

Year 9, 10 & 11

An art and design course with a focus on photography skills. This course is ideal for students who want to combine their interest in art with digital technology. Studying this subject will provide students with a portfolio of work which can be used to apply for creative courses at college.

The course is computer based and all research and work is presented as a portfolio using PowerPoint.  This course is well suited to students who want to combine their passion for being creative with an interest in computers and digital technology.

Photography can lead to careers in fashion, sport, journalism, conservation and advertising as well as fantastic opportunities for self-employment.

Students are taught how to use Photoshop CS6 (an image manipulation program) to effectively produce their own creative and original artwork.  They will also have access to a range of advanced digital and analogue photography equipment and masterclass workshops after school. They are also taught how to record their work using both compact digital cameras and digital SLR cameras. 

Assessment is based on the four key learning objectives:

AO1: Develop Ideas

The ability to research and analyse the photography by historic and current photography. You will need to be able to identify artists that inspire your ideas and photographic style. (worth 25% of total marks)


AO2: Refine Ideas

The ability to be creative and explore new techniques, equipment and ideas. You will need to be open minded, reflective and enthusiastic to demonstration your confidence and skills with experimentation. (worth 25% of total marks)


AO3: Record Ideas

The ability to use photos, drawings, sketches and annotation to record your ideas, thoughts and planning. Photographs will need to demonstrate skill and understanding of visual language (such as focal point, composition and depth of field). You do not need to be skilled at drawing but colour, labels and annotation can help communicate your thoughts and planning. (worth 25% of total marks)

AO4: Present Ideas

The ability to present a project that addresses and follows a specific theme (eg. architecture). Students must also demonstrate the ability to consider audience and ourose as well as plan and design a final piece (2D, 3D or film/animation) that concludes their project. (worth 25% of total marks)

The final GCSE grade is based on a coursework unit (Unit 1: 60%) and an externally set assignment (Unit 2: 40%). In addition to normal teaching, unit 2 requires students to work independently (under exam conditions) for a 10 hour period.

For further information please contact Mr S Solomon - Head of Photography-