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We do not teach Photography as an independent subject at Key Stage 3 although through the art & design curriculum students have the opportunity to study digital arts, including learning basic photoshop skills. 

GCSE Photography is a popular GCSE subject and is strongly committed to offering an innovative approach to creative processes through experimental projects. Students will learn how artists use photography to convey ideas and will respond to the work of a artists and photographers using a range of methods. Students will develop key skills in visual communication, experimenting with editing techniques, critical understanding of contextual sources as well as an ability to develop and present ideas. 

In GCSE Photography, students will: 

  • Understand the purpose of visual communication. 

  • Learn how to develop written analysis and annotate work of existing artists and photographers. 

  • Visit galleries and exhibitions, enabling students to learn and take inspiration from the work of artists. 

  • Experiment with digital photography and editing techniques.  

  • Learn photographic manipulation using Photoshop to enhance images.

  • Develop and refine ideas to produce a final response to projects. 


Photography students study the Edexcel specification which requires them to develop a body of coursework inspired by a theme. 

Photography is assessed under four objectives, listed below: 

AO1 - Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigation, informed by contextual and other sources. Demonstrate analytical and critical understanding. 

AO2 - Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and materials. Review and refine ideas as work develops. 

AO3 - Record observations, experiences, ideas and insights in visual and other forms appropriate to intentions. Reflect on progress. 

AO4 - Present a personal, coherent and informed response, realising intentions and articulating and explaining connections with the work of others. 

Click below to view our Photography curriculum for each year group.

Year 10

Year 11

If you would like to find out more about the Photography curriculum, contact our Head of Design Technology Ms Moss by emailing


"Beauty is the brilliance of truth."  St Augustine

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