This practical course enables students to experience photography including the technical aspects of camera work and the conceptual and artistic context of photography. Students should have a real passion for photography and be prepared to invest the necessary time outside of lessons planning and carrying out shoots on location.

Year 1: will focus on digital technology, the use of camera equipment and lens, lighting and exposure techniques and digital manipulation. There will be opportunities to create moving image using stop motion, time lapse photography and/or video footage. Students will use Adobe Spark and Google Sites to create portfolios.

Year 2: Comprised of two units; The personal investigation briefs will focus on portraiture, still life, documentary and fashion. The Externally set task is distributed in February. There will be approximately eight weeks of preparation time before the 15 hour controlled task.


Each Project is assessed individually and students are provided with regular feedback and suggestions for improvement, using an Interactive assessment system through Google Classroom.

Unit 1: (60%): Personal investigation including a 1000-3000 word essay.

Unit 2: (40%): Externally set task.

What Next?

This subject combines well with Art and Design (Photography), Art and Design (Art, Craft and Design), Design Technology. Students who have completed their A Level in this subject have gone on to study Art and Design Foundation courses, Photography, Fashion Design/Marketing, Textiles, Interior Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Game Design, Jewellery Design.

Subject Leader: Mrs J McGorrell

Syllabus: OCR

Course Specification: H603 Art and Design (Photography)

Qualification: A Level