16-18 Courses, GCSE Courses

Art / Photography GCSE

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Course Overview

Entry requirements

All Level 2 subjects require a minimum of four grade 3 GCSEs in total.


In addition to learning how to use a DSLR camera and Photoshop you will learn how to use simple lighting techniques in the studio and you will be able to explore a range of subjects, including architecture and portraiture. The course is in two parts with coursework worth 60% and an exam project worth 40%. You will discuss the work of other artists and photographers and explain how they can influence your own work.

You can expect to:

  • Learn how to use a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera
  • Work with Photoshop to develop your photographs creatively
  • Experience using a simple studio lighting set up to express your ideas
  • Participate in group and paired work
  • Develop your ability to work independently
  • Develop transferrable skills such as creative thinking and presentation skills
  • Develop an awareness of contemporary issues, including Equality and Diversity
  • Develop your literacy and analytical skills

This GCSE is studied alongside up to 3 other GCSEs or Level 2 BTEC equivalents. Courses that go well with Art/Photography GCSE include GCSE Graphics, or any other BTEC Level 2 course.

This GCSE is an exciting mixed media course that will enable students to become confident in working with a range of photographic techniques and processes. You will use professional quality Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and you will use Photoshop to edit your photographs creatively. You will also use some non-digital processes such as collage and print-making. You will produce a digital portfolio of work, write about the work of photographers relating to your own practical work, and you will write analytical evaluations of work you have produced.

  • Assessment Criteria

    40% Exam

    60% Coursework

Further Information

This course is taken as part of a Level 2 Progression Year for those students who do not quite meet the grade entry criteria for Level 3 courses. The Progression Year is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to progress either onto A Levels or Level 3 BTEC courses or to secure an apprenticeship. Art/Photography GCSE in particular will enable you to progress onto the A Level Photography course or another A Level art course, such as Graphics, Fine Art or Architecture.

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