Qualification: GCSE Photography

Exam Board: WJEC

What are the main topics I will study for this qualification?

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of lens-based and lightbased media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. In particular, you will:

  • Learn about lots of different styles of photography (Portrait, still life, surrealism, Landscape).
  • Learn how to use digital SLR cameras (Nikon and Pentax).
  • Learn how to use the manual settings (shutter speed, aperture etc)
  • Learn how to use Photoshop.
  • Learn how to use studio equipment / lighting.
  • Research and analyse other photographers work and what the images may mean and to take inspiration.
  • From their work to develop your own work.
  • Learn how to explore and experiment with your own ideas.

How will I be assessed in the subject?

Component 1 Portfolio 60%

Must include one independent extended project

Marked out of 4 assessment objectives – 96 marks

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment 40%

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper  relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time

Marked out of 4 assessment objectives – 96 marks

Am I suited to GCSE Photography?

This course will suit students who have an interest in creativity and who want to pursue a career in the creative industry. This course will enable students to go onto study an A level in Photography or other creative subject.

What current students say about the qualification?

“Photography is great as you get to express yourself in your work. You also explore a range of techniques when using the camera. I also loved the trip to Lacock Abbey.” Year 10 GCSE Photography Student

Vocational Links 

Documentary photography and journalism, portrait photography, wedding photography, art direction, film-making, animation, fashion photography, illustrator, artist, television cameraoperator, graphic designer, magazine features editor, medical illustrator, press photographer.