GCSE Photography

GCSE Photography

Photography is defined 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. At Bosworth we focus on digital photography and the manipulation of images (your own images and some secondary sources) to produce final pieces.

“Photography today provides the alphabet for an international language that informs all forms of global interaction. By understanding that alphabet you can create your own journey within the new media environment. Studying photography is no longer about training to be a photographer – it is about learning to speak a new language with confidence and understanding.” Grant Scott https://unitednationsofphotography.com/2015/07/27/why-study-photography/

Entry Requirements 
If you have a visual eye and a creative aptitude, lots of enthusiasm and ideas for expressing yourself through the visual medium you will enjoy photography.

Alternative study: GCSE Art and A-level Photography


Course Content

You will work in one or more of the following areas:

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

Students will demonstrate the ability to use photographic techniques and processes, appropriate to display their personal intentions. For example: lighting, viewpoint, aperture, shutter speed & movement, use of enlarger, chemical &/or digital process.

Students will use media and materials as appropriate to display their intentions. For example: digital media, programs and related technologies, graphic media for purposes such as storyboarding, planning and constructing shoots. Although we no longer have a darkroom, students may choose to use film although the cost of developing can be expensive!  You will need a digital camera and memory card(s).

Students must demonstrate how meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated with visual and tactile elements such as: colour, line, form, tone, texture, shape, pattern, composition, scale, sequence, surface and contrast.


60% Portfolio (a sustained project meeting 4 assessment objectives and detailing the background research and reflections on your work that have contributed to the portfolio)                                

40% Externally-set assignment (preparatory time then 10 hours of supervised “exam”)