What do I need to study this course?


No previous experience of Photography is required. However, you must have a genuine interest in Photography and be committed to working beyond the classroom. You must have the following equipment to do the course:

  • A digital SLR camera or a digital compact camera
  • An SD card
  • A memory stick (flash drive).


Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below.

They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
  • documentary photography, photojournalism
  • portraiture
  • fashion photography
  • experimental imagery
  • multimedia
  • photographic installation
  • moving image (video, film, animation).


Candidates will explore:

  • How photography can be used to show ideas, feelings and meanings
  • Historical and contemporary photography developments
  • How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts
  • Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions of photography
  • The working vocabulary and specialist terminology


Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture
  • The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in photography
  • Appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field, movement, time-based techniques
  • The appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting etc.
  • The understanding of techniques related to developing and printing as well as presentation.


What next?

Possible careers include: Fashion photographer, Photographic journalism, Photographic artist, Wedding photographer, Film maker, Portrait photographer or Camera person.


Examination Board: AQA

Links & Resources

Abbey Multi Academy Trust,

c/o Chapter House,

Abbey Grange Church of England Academy,

Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 257877

Bishop Young Academy

Bishops Way



LS14 6NU


Tel: 0113 273 9100  Fax: 0113 273 4216

Company No.: 07705552