Exam Board: AQA


The aims of the course are as follows:

  • Help students improve drawing and photography skills and techniques and develop these according to their potential.
  • Encourage students to use their knowledge of photographers’ work and design theory to explain and expand their own ideas.
  • Provide students with the confidence and skills needed to develop their own ideas effectively using a range of media.

Entry Requirements

Students should have Grade 4 or higher in GCSE English, or the equivalent grade/mark in their national system of secondary education and Grade 5 in GCSE Art or equivalent drawing and painting ability.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Drawing and photography from observation.
  • Researching and understanding works of photography and design.
  • Developing own ideas in photography and other media.
  • Producing final photographic images.

Year 2

Same as for Year 1, plus:

  • Written analysis for a personal photography project of between 1,000 – 3,000 words with own photographs.
  • Completed personal photography project.
  • Exam project.


  • Personal project with written work.
  • Exam project.

Careers and Opportunities

Students may go on to study Photography at university, or combine it with other creative subjects, such as Advertising, Fine Art, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Multi-Media, Video Production or Web Design. Potential careers within photography include Advertising, Fashion, Film, Media and Photographic Professional Practice.