““Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

-Don McCullin

Photography will enhance pupils who are creative in mind, providing an opportunity to explore communication of ideas responding at all levels.

Key Stage 3 & GCSE

Pupils study Art in Years 7 to 9 which includes a range of topics and techniques to prepare them for taking further Art subjects at GCSE or A Level Photography as an option.

A Level

Course Requirements

The A Level Photography course explores creating visual meaning through Art by an expressive or interpretive response to still and moving imagery through lens based media, experimental photography and digital (Photoshop). Good ICT skills are advantageous but not essential. An inquisitive mind and enthusiasm for the subject are recommended.

Course content methodology and assessment


Pupils will use formal elements, techniques and technologies and their application to selected lens based media. Using this acquired knowledge their understanding and personal development of creative practical work will be demonstrated in an expressive outcome reflecting the ideas they wish to communicate.

Component 1: Personal Investigation
(60% of grade)

Candidates should produce two elements:

  • A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario, or stimulus, devised and provided by the candidate or centre.
  • A related study of continuous prose with a guided minimum of 1,000 words.

Component 2: Externally Set Task
(40% of grade, internally assessed and externally moderated)

The early release paper will be issued in February and will provide candidates with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. From these; one must be selected, upon which to base a response.

Beyond Lincoln Minster School

In an increasingly competitive Higher Education market and workplace, universities and employers are not only looking for impressive grades, but also subjects which demonstrate a student’s versatility and a greater breadth of skill and interest.

Pupils who study Photography need to have a genuine interest in the subject and be very self-motivated, working upon initiative and completing work outside the timetable structure in order to reach their full potential in response to the work of others.

Career paths include Photographer, Photo Journalist, Wildlife Photographer, Photographic Stylist, Animator, Press Photographer, Fashion Photographer and Photographic Assistant.

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