Photography Gcse Coursework Math

What board do we do? AQA

What is Photography?
Photography jobs are as vast as the medium is visible in the world. This course will make you a great creative thinker and you will be able to construct your photographic images so that they contain high visual appeal. In this way you will be able to carve out your desired career in photography or at least this course will make you highly visible on Instagram for your great photography.

Photography is an exciting medium that can be used in many different ways. Careers in photography include Art careers, Advertising, Commercial work, Editorial, Fashion, Film, Food, Forensic, Industrial, Architectural, Ariel, Portraiture and Wedding photography, Sports and Travel etc. Photographs are visible everywhere because we love the photographic representation of ourselves and our world and therefore there is a huge market for photographic work.

Magazines and Newspapers show Advertising and Editorial photographic work. Billboards and hoardings show mainly Fashion and Advertising photography. In the film industry the ‘Director of Photography’ may operate Lighting or Camera and they have control over the ‘look of the film’. Photographers are employed to take ‘Stills’ in film and also photographic documentation for ‘Continuity’. Artists use photography in vast ways to show conceptual thinking, these photographs are found in galleries, books, magazines and on the internet. Photographs can be used on the web or as beautiful printed objects.

These courses will teach you to look at the world in a creative way. The creative potential stimulated in this course will enable you to apply creative, analytical and critical thinking and problem solving, in order to visually communicate ideas through photography. This awareness can also be employed to any other course that you do. Students will develop critical analyses of artists’ work helping to develop their own ideas through reaction, practical application and written reflections.

Throughout these courses, students will learn about a variety of photographic media, techniques and processes including hands-on experimentation with traditional techniques in our dedicated darkrooms, lighting in our studio and use computers for Photoshop and digital media, utilising these techniques and equipment, to make brilliant images.

This coursework earns marks over the entire course resulting in a final grade. Students will use sketchpads and workbooks to demonstrate all practical learning, ideas development and critical analysis. Coursework takes the pressure away from traditional 2 hour exams.

This Photography Course develops a wide range of skills, analytical and critical thinking and problem solving, which will be useful at University and future careers. Photography may offer a highly creative and hands-on alternative to other subjects you may be studying at A level.

Tuition is enjoyable, structured, friendly and supportive, resulting in high-grade achievements on this course.

Which subjects combine well with Photography?
English, Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Drama. Photography is a subject that draws from and comments on a variety of aspects of life. Dependent on your particular interest you may wish to combine other A levels to develop a more specific career. For example photography and drama would provide skills that would be valuable in the film industry or commercial photography and also photography used for exhibition. Photography and Business Studies would be useful for commercial photography and an Art career or curating career. The subject develops one’s ability to think creatively, through a rhythm of research, development of ideas, practical experimental and formulaic processes, reflection, critical review and analysis and evaluation. It will develop skills to solve problems effectively, which is important in any area of study where critical thinking is essential.

What careers and University courses can Photography lead to?
Photography could lead to academic or vocational degrees relating to Art careers, Advertising, Commercial work, Editorial, Fashion, Film, Food, Forensic, Industrial, Architectural, Ariel, Portraiture and Wedding photography, Sports and Travel, Press photography, Photojournalism, Fine Art, Editing, Fashion photography or Styling, the Film industry, Forensic science, Curating, Image Library, etc.

Transferable Skills

You will develop skills in creative and practical problem solving, developing ideas through research, practical application, analysis and critique and gain better organisation. These transferable skills gained through study of Photography are, in general, of wide applicability.

Comprising of two or more projects with supporting written work in the form of a journal. You will explore work in areas such as portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, environmental photography, still life and experimental imagery.

GCSE Component 2 Externally Set Assignment
A choice of five projects set by the exam board. You will have a preparatory period of eight weeks leading to a 10 hour supervised practical to produce final realised outcomes.

Developing your ideas

You can begin to develop your ideas once you have collected your source materials. You might have some general concepts about what you want to do, but your ideas will change and develop as you investigate your source material. You'll need to do more research and find new source materials as your work develops.

Working from primary sources, you could:

  • incorporate materials into study sheets, collages or sculptures
  • produce sketches of your subject matter in a range of media
  • take rubbings or impressions from interesting surface textures
  • make a 3D study from an object using clay
  • take photographs, using different viewpoints and lighting conditions

Working from secondary sources, you could:

  • interpret an image in different media. For example, a collage of a photograph.
  • alter the scale or proportions of an image using ICT
  • manipulate colours, tones and surfaces by using different media

Find out more about different media and techniques.

Keep it focussed

As you develop your ideas, aim to keep your research focussed. A range of studies showing different approaches and possibilities is great, but make sure that they all add to the 'journey' leading to the final outcome.

Don't throw away studies, even if they go wrong. They could be useful to demonstrate that you have:

  • considered a range of alternatives
  • experimented with different techniques or media.
  • evidence of your thinking

Read about how to refine your ideas through experimentation with different media in AO2.


Brit artist Stuart Semple meets four GCSE Art students to see how they develop their ideas into great pieces of art.



When developing your ideas have you:

  • used both primary and secondary sources?
  • worked from a variety of different sources?
  • worked in a range of media appropriate to your intentions?
  • selected and presented your work so that the 'journey' is clear?

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