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Photography is unique in its cross curriculum potential. On the technical side physics, chemistry

and maths are part of the course while on the critical side English and History are exploited.

Underlying this, and most importantly, is creativity. To maximise engagement pupils choose their

own practical and theoretical themes. By the end of the course the students are expected to have

taken photographs, processed them and printed from the negatives unassisted. This requires a

thorough knowledge of how a camera controls the input of light and how this affects the image.

They are expected to be able to evaluate the work of other photographers. All components are a

combination of written and practical work.


Over the two years they will spend about £150 on materials. This figure depends on how

productive and efficient the pupil is. The department makes every attempt to minimize the costs.

Loan cameras are supplied.


There are no compulsory trips associated with this course.


Further Education:

A Level Photography


Photography, Art, Media, Journalism, Science, Design


Photographer, Journalist, Photo Journalist, Teacher, Chemist, Physicist, Graphic

Designer, Interior Designer, Architectural Photographer, Stage Manager.


Component 1

Component 2

Coursework. The first term and a half in

year 10 is devoted to all relevant

aspects of photographic theory and the

major body of written work is completed

in the second term. The practical

coursework is started on completion of

this written work. Further but less

substantial written work is done to

compliment the practical work. There

are two parts to the coursework, an un-

themed unit and a themed unit. The

pupils choose their own theme.

The coursework is worth 60% of the

final mark.

In February of Year 11, the controlled

assessment (exam) is started and

completed, with supporting written

work, in April.

The exam is worth 40% of the final