Photography Key Stage 4

KS4 students follow a curriculum that leads to a GCSE qualification in Lens Based Media

Year 10 and 11 Art pupils complete the AQA Lens Based Media curriculum over a period of two years and are also required to sit an externally set exam for 10hrs. Topics covered in year 10 cover all the mastery skills in Photography and also students work through four assessment objectives required to complete for the GSCE.

Year 10

Year 10 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Foundation course in camera techniquesPupils start to develop their knowledge of different camera settings and the Exposure Triangle, shutter speed, aperture and iso. They learn how to build and publish their own photography website and start to build up a portfolio of images. During this term they will go on a field trip to the Lake District to build up a portfolio of images.
Term 2ConflictPupils develop their first project around the theme of Conflict. They learn how to analyse an image, photography research and how to link their own images to their research. They will create a final portfolio of work with a full evaluation that demonstrates their understanding of the 4 assessment criteria.
Term 3Light and Dark or FramingPupils will have the opportunity to develop their Photoshop skills with the theme of Light and Dark or Framing. They will continue to develop their research and camera techniques and create a final portfolio of images. During this term they will be take on an educational trip to Manchester to gain a set of urban images.


Year 11

Year 11 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1LandscapesPupils will create their final piece of coursework based around the images from Anglesey and London. They will demonstrate their understanding of research, analyses, camera techniques, analyses, refining ideas and a final portfolio of work
Term 2Externally set exam PreparationStudents work on producing work based on the four assessment objectives by answering on of the set questions from the exam paper.
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.
Term 3Complete Exam & all coursework by mid-May
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language