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GCSE Art and Design:  Photography

Exam board: AQA

Component 1:  Portfolio 60% 

A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.  You must demonstrate evidence of drawing and written annotation.

Component 2:  Externally set assignment 40%

Students chose a starting point from an externally set assignment paper and respond to it.  All four assessment objectives, including drawing and written annotation must be evidenced.     Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time.

You will be marked according to how well you;

AO1  - Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

AO2  - Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3 - Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO4  - Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.


Photography is defined here as the practice of producing images using light-sensitive materials such as photographic film, or digital methods of development and production to create static or moving images.  Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, (or combination of these) such as those listed below:

  • portraiture
  • location photography
  • studio photography
  • experimental imagery
  • installation
  • documentary photography
  • photo-journalism
  • moving image: film, video and animation
  • fashion photography.

How should I revise? 

  • BBC Bitesize
  • www.bbc.co.uk/arts
  • www.mocp.org
  • www.dazeddigital.com
  • www.magnumphotos.com
  • www.masters-of-photography.com