Key Stage






Single Award

Valid for

2018 - 2020






Performing and Creative Arts

Course Content & Assessment

Photography gives you the opportunity to capture a moment within a time capsule.
If you have a genuine interest in taking photos and want the opportunity to further develop your images creatively and technically then this could be the course for you.
This course provokes and develops your independent learning and research skills. Photography will not only develop your technical and practical skills; it will inspire confidence in questioning and analysing the visual world around you.
The aim for the Art department is for you to be fully engaged in your learning whilst thoroughly enjoying the process.

Employers realise that creativity is an important factor in developing the individual. The emphasis of this course is on learning by experimenting with digital and dark room imagery to create a portfolio of work that evokes a sense of personal interests and learning. Equally, if you would like to join the creative industries, this course will help you find out about a wide range of approaches to Photography, with an emphasis on Fine Art Photography.

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Art
Route B: GCSE Grade 5 in Media, Graphics or Textiles. A portfolio of work, written personal statement and interview process will be used to support applications to ensure the suitability for the course, particularly if demand for the subject is high.
NB: It is a requirement that each candidate owns a manual digital camera.

Students can progress to a higher education course in wide range of Visual Arts specialisms such Animation, Film, New Media and Fine Art. To progress to a Visual Arts degree students would normally be required to take a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
Opportunities to complete an apprenticeship in the related field or to have a career as a fashion photographer, photo journalist or forensics photographer.
Photographic skills and techniques can be directly applied to personal projects such as digital work to support online work with websites as well as freelance work.