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Photography lessons are all about creativity and helping students improve their technical skills and knowledge, balanced with gaining an understanding of Photography as a visual language.  Students will also develop an appreciation of famous photographers' work and all of these elements will help support them build their cultural capital.

Photography offers a unique form of learning. Students are presented with creative ideas, shown how to use a wide range of digital techniques in traditional and inventive ways and are then encouraged to use the knowledge gained to develop their own personal responses.  The main focus of every lesson is creativity, as this is vital to future successes in all aspects of their lives. We live in a fast-changing world and creativity is the most important skill to have in order to adapt and progress as new jobs emerge. Every successful person from a scientist to a business executive thinks creatively. We help our students develop this skill which is invaluable in the modern world.


Key Stage 4

GCSE Photography is taught over 2 years and consists of 5 projects. Students discover inspiration from the responses of famous photographers and embark upon creative journeys, developing their own ideas into final pieces, after experimenting with and refining a range of creative techniques.

Curriculum Outline

Year 10 Topics Covered:  
  • Composition
  • Portraiture
  • Colour
Year 11 Topics Covered:  
  • Texture
  • Externally set project from the AQA exam board
  • Final practical Exam approximately first week in April
  • Completion of course work
  • Final assessment by approximately beginning of May


photography ks4 final curriculum map.pdf


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