Photography at Cape is a popular course which provides students with the opportunity to develop their creativity through lens and light based media. Students explore interesting themes and concepts, utilising the visually stimulating world in which we live, as a constant source of inspiration. Project themes include Environment, Creative Portraits, Weird & Wonderful, My World and the Visual Elements.
Students are encouraged to produce a high quality portfolio of work which covers all of the assessment criteria. Sketchbooks are an important part of the development process and are used to record all stages of the course, such as, research, experimentation and realisation of ideas. Students will study photographers and their approaches, exploring their styles and techniques to support their practical outcomes. Outcomes can be presented in two or three dimensions. Originality and experimentation is positively encouraged! 100% A*-C grades were achieved by students in 2016 and we are hoping that this year’s students will be as successful!!
Please click in the following links to view students' previous work:
We run the AQA GCSE Photography Specification which is assessed as follows:
Unit 1 – A portfolio of work – 60% of total marks
Unit 2 – An externally set task – 40% of total marks
Students will be encouraged to produce a high quality portfolio of work which covers all of the assessment criteria, set out by AQA. The portfolio of work must contain one sustained project and a submission of their best work from across a variety of other projects. Sketchbooks are an important part of the development process and are used to record all stages of the course, such as research, experimentation and realisation of ideas. This must include drawing and annotation. Originality is positively encouraged! (60% of marks.)
The externally set task is issued to students in Year 11 in the first week of January. Students are given a choice of 7 starting points and have approximately 9 weeks to produce preparatory work before completing a final outcome over a period of 10 hours (40% of marks.)
Students must provide evidence for all of the following Assessment Objectives for both Unit 1 and 2.
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.
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.
‘Would this course suit me?’ If students are wondering if this course is for them, they must ask themselves:
- Am I creative?
- Am I an independent learner?
- Do I like using computers and Photoshop?
- Can I sustain an investigation over multiple lessons?
- Am I able to be critical about my own work?
- Am I able to experiment and take risks?
For further information, please contact:
Mrs K Bletso – Photography Teacher
Photograph of the Week Competition
Photograph of the Week Competition
Students taking GCSE Photography submit a photograph for the Competition board in the Photography Classroom. Winners are selected by a different member of staff each week. Students receive House points and the winning photographs are displayed on a board within the school.
Click here to see this year's winning photographs!