Exam board:  AQA       

Course code/specification number:  4206

Level of qualification:   GCSE Level 2 (Un-tiered A* - C grades)

What will students learn about?

Students are required to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to their chosen topic through integrated practical, critical and theoretical study that encourages direct engagement with original works and practice.  Students may work with both traditional and new media.  They may be allowed to work solely with new media within any of the endorsements, provided the assessment objectives are met. 

Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including theme-based photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, and reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation, new media practice, video, television and film.

What skills will students develop and demonstrate?

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen areas of study.  Knowledge and understanding of photography should be developed through research, the development of ideas and making activities working from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials.

Candidates should develop knowledge, understanding and the capability to evaluate:

  • How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images, artefacts and products
  • How knowledge and understanding of the work of others can develop and extend thinking and inform their own work
  • A range of photography processes including two and/or three-dimensions and traditional and new media technologies
  • How images, artefacts and products relate to social, historical, vocational and cultural  contexts
  • A variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society      

How will students’ learning be assessed?

Unit 1    Portfolio of Work

  • Controlled Assessment (60%) - Candidate portfolio selected from work undertaken during course of study and must include more than one project.

Unit 2    Externally Set Task

  • Approx.  8 weeks preparation time. 10 hours of sustained focused study (exam) (40%)

Candidates respond to their chosen starting point.

What grades can students access? A*- G

What can students’ progress on to after completing this course?

A level Photography

AS/A level Art and Design (Photography option)

For further information please contact:

Mrs Whitehead: