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Photography: GCSE at New College Pontefract

Course description

Photography aims to develop your visual thinking, the course also helps build a foundation for further study of any of the visual arts.  You will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques.  The study of digital media will be a central feature of the course.

The GCSE Photography course is an introduction to the subject. you will start by learning how to create images in a traditional photographic darkroom and you will then be introduced to digital photography using Apple Mac computers and a range of industry standard software such as Photoshop. During the course you will have the opportunity to learn about other photographers and artists and all your work, images, research and ideas will be recorded in sketchbooks throughout the year.

Course content

You will study topics such as macro, portrait and darkroom photography. Towards the end of the course there will be an externally set assignment where you will be given a starting point by the exam board to explore and develop in your own way.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a good range of GCSEs (or equivalent) mainly at grades D and E.


Photography is a practical coursework subject and will be continually assessed. You will be marked across four assessment objects which will include: developing ideas, image analysis, organising information and practical skills.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

As well as careers in photography, art, design and media studies and many others involving creativity and/or the visual arts.

There is also the opportunity to progress to AS and A Level courses in Photography at college.

Further information

What skills do I need?

  • An ability to respond to other photography work
  • An interest in the visual arts is essential
  • An ability to research, experiment and develop ideas visually
  • An ability to sustain personal lines of enquiry


How will I be taught?
A variety of methods will be used including demonstrations, discussions, group work and worksheets. The vast majority of the course is based on hands-on practical work allowing you to develop your individual creative skills and ideas.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Examining Board

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2018
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