This is a two year GCSE Art & Design: Photography course from AQA, running on 2 hour lessons per week.

The aim of the course is to help you develop:

  • Your understanding of the creative, imaginative and practical skills for working in photography.
  • Visual perception (ways of seeing the world and interpreting what you see or feel).
  • Visual literacy - your ability to use the visual language of photography (tone, shape, colour, composition etc).
  • An appreciation of the history of photography, through practical and critical responses.

Course Structure

Coursework –one A3 portfolio for each project that requires the following:

  • Preparation- This involves research and development of ideas using many different kinds of photography.
  • 3 Final outcomes- completed images, professionally presented.

The combined coursework makes up 60% of your overall mark.

Controlled Test – you will be able to choose one question (out of 7) and you will have 10 lessons to:

  • Prepare –research and develop preparation for the exam.
  • Producing a final outcome- You then have 10 hours to produce a finished image.

This preparation and exam piece make up 40% of your overall mark.

What will I study?

  • Digital photography
  • Portraiture
  • New media practice
  • Experimental imagery
  • Photographic manipulation

Year 1 – 2 x A3 portfolios and final pieces – book 1 - Sept – May, book 2 June – December.

Year 2 – Book 2 continues through to December.  Then in January you choose a theme of your choice from the exam list (Jan - May - A3 portfolio and final piece)

How will I be assessed?

You will be given written and oral feedback throughout the course. Final assessment takes place at the end of the course, verified by internal and external assessors.

Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form
Sheraton Building
Ketton Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8BU

Tel: 01642 664140


Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No 08608287) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales.

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