Awarding Body / Specification No:  Edexcel 9PY0

What will you be learning?

Students will be introduced to both manual and digital photography and photographic theory. To begin with students will work on the basics such as how to use a camera, how to develop film and what is composition after which they will then choose an area of study to develop a personal project. The areas of study are as follows:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape
  • Commercial
  • Still life
  • Documentary
  • Experimental
  • Editorial
  • Photographic installation
  • The photographic process

All research will be presented in books and final pieces displayed in an exhibition taking place at the end of the course.


Entry Requirements

Grade 5 or equivalent GCSE/BTEC in Art and/or Graphic Design/Product Design.

It is advisable that students have an understanding of creative skills and presentation to be able to fully access this course, having studied a creative subject either in Art or Technology is recommended. However, if you have not studied either you can discuss suitability to the course with Miss Rayner.


How is the course examined or assessed?

This course consists of two components which are both assessed at the end of the two year course, a ‘Personal Investigation’ and an ‘Externally Set Task’.

The Personal Investigation involves producing both practical and written work during the course to include a 3,000 word illustrated essay. All of the work is internally assessed and externally moderated through an end of year exhibition.


What happens when you have finished?

Students will be able to study aspects of Photography at further and higher education with careers in areas such as Fashion, Journalism, Editorial Photography, Advertising and Design.