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Learning at West Coventry Academy



Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: AQA

Is Photography for you?

Do you like taking interesting photographs?

Are you prepared to take photos every week in your own time?

Do you want to find out how to use photographic equipment and use studio lighting?

Do you want to find out about photography related careers like advertising, graphic design, scientific            photography?

Do you want to find out how to change and improve photographs?

Can you work independently and cope with complicated procedures?

What Will You Do?

Photography is used in a variety of different professions where good visual communication is vital. Newspapers, magazines, film, television, books and the internet use photography as do industry, medicine, business and research. 

Photography is more than pointing a camera and pressing the button.  You will need to be prepared to learn how to take a good photograph using a digital camera and traditional methods of Photography. You will learn about the technical processes involved, such as how to develop a film, how to use a dark room and print your own black and white prints. You will look at other peoples’ photographs and learn about the history of photography. 

You will also develop your ICT skills using Photoshop software.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Assessment Details:

Coursework - 60% of the marks

  • Year 10 unit 1: Architecture
  • Year 11 unit 2: Portraiture

A coursework unit should include preparatory work, digital sketch books, development work related to the final piece(s) in the chosen area(s) of study.

Exam - 40% of the marks

Candidates will be required to respond to one starting point in their chosen option. Starting points will be set by AQA.

There will be a preparatory period, followed by 10 hours of supervised time (usually split over 2 days). Candidates will be expected to develop their own work to resolve their investigations, producing a final piece or pieces based upon preparatory studies and research.

Possible Career Options:

  • Wedding Photographer
  • Studio Photographer
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Lecturer
  • Teacher
  • Photo Developer
  • Lab Technician

Further Education:

  • AS/A2 in Photography
  • Art foundation course
  • BTEC in Art and design
  • Many different degrees in photography