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At Hodge Hill College, our Photography curriculum is focused on engaging pupils with the creation of images whilst exploring projects that stretch and challenge outcomes. Being able to conceptualise something and develop the skills required to create it is rooted throughout the subject.

The photography curriculum provides pupils with skills in understanding the use and functionality of DSLR cameras, composition and lighting. Creativity is encouraged and pupils are able to experiment with a wide variety of mix-media in order to develop their body of work.  In a world where images are everywhere, it is vitally important that pupils understand the contextual sources and how photography has an impact on society and shapes the minds of the young people.

Our curriculum aims to develop:

  • Confidence in using a range of techniques and applying materials
  • Knowledge about art and photography history including all periods dated from renaissance to modern contemporary art
  • Critical understanding of artists, expressing reasoned verdicts that can inform pupils own work
  • Confidence in analysing and evaluating pupils own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact of work
  • Proficiency in drawing, capturing images, understanding materials and design processes
  • Creative and conceptual thinking


Five Year Plan


Key Stage Four

GCSE Photography
Exam board Edexcel Course code 1PY0
Examined by

Two A2 portfolios are created throughout the course, a coursework portfolio and an examination portfolio.

The coursework portfolio is developed throughout Year 10 and one term of Year 11 and constitutes 60% of the overall grade.

The examination portfolio is started in the Spring term of year 11 and follows a theme given by the examination board, this portfolio constitutes 40% of the final grade and culminates in an examination which is completed over a period of ten hours.

Both portfolios are graded on four assessment objectives and must contain an investigation of the artwork by established artists and artwork produced by the student.

Students must also produce written work exploring the theme, analysing artwork and explaining their personal response to their project.

Key topics taught
  • The use of DSLR cameras with studio lighting and natural lighting
  • Experimentation with a range of photographic techniques
  • Creation and enhancement of images using Photoshop
  • Development of photographic skills with an emphasis upon the use of materials with the aim of producing large final outcomes of a high standard
  • The study of key themes in Art, for example, portraiture and still life exploring these themes within the contexts of culture, history and contemporary practice