This qualification encourages a personal, explorative and academically investigative and enquiring approach to chemical and digital photography.



Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in the following:

The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography. The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography. Appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or ‘frozen moment’. The appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography. Understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, and where appropriate the presentation and layout.

Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:

How ideas and feeling can be conveyed through photography. Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres. How images relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts. Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to photography. The working vocabulary and specialist terminology relevant to their chosen area of photography.

All students will provide evidence of practical work exploring one or more of the following areas. They may explore overlapping or combinations of the following:

  • Portraiture, documentary and /or photo journalism.
  • Landscape photography.
  • Working from objects, still life or from the natural world.
  • Experimental imagery.
  • Photographic installation, video, television and film.

There is a mandatory requirement that all students keep work journals for their projects. These journals are a visual diary in which students record the development of ideas, illustrating skilled judgements, understanding and development using appropriate visual, verbal and literary skills. These judgements will necessarily include critical and historical reference to the work of other artists and photographers.

This course is ideal for a student wishing to develop creative thinking. The theoretical skills learnt will enable them to set their own thinking within a wider historical and cultural context. Practical skill will enable students to communicate their thinking to a wider audience and also to prepare them for future progression.



There are four assessment objectives within Photography.
Development of ideas demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
Experimentation, selection and refinement in the application of materials, process and techniques.
Recording observations, insights, intentions, evaluations and reflections.
Presenting a final response demonstrating critical and contextual understanding.



Past students, wishing to work within the creative arts industry, have progressed on to study specialist courses in Photography at Higher National Diploma and Degree Level. However an A/S and A2 qualification in Photography is an excellent creative platform for students wishing to enter further and higher education in all fields of study.



Mr L Pascoe - Head of Art and Design / Creative and Performing Arts Faculty
Mrs G. Schooling


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