KS5 Media



The Team:

Miss Kerry Jones (Subject Leader)

Mrs Katy Hibben

Ms Rochelle Gayle

Mr Nico Coetzee


Key Stage 5 AQA A Level Photography

The Photography course is challenging and rewarding. It has been designed to encourage students to develop a range of specialist skills, creativity, imagination, and independence. Lessons are devised to accommodate a variety of approaches in processes and techniques. Students work independently to respond to briefs and develop their own ideas with artistic flair. The course is split into a coursework portfolio and set task exam; all of which is internally assessed and externally moderated.


Gifted and Talented/Enrichment Opportunities

The department supports and challenges Gifted and Talented students by giving them opportunities to showcase their work and engage with challenging topics and materials. Enrichment opportunities include trips to local and London exhibitions, and excursions to scenic locations for photographic opportunities.



The Photography department follows the Academy policy on homework.

Homework tasks involve taking photographs, research, developing classwork or individual responses. It is essential that a motivated, disciplined approach towards homework is taken in order for students to fully meet the course requirements. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning by completing work in their free time.



Literacy opportunities are planned for in Learning Schemes and used as a focus in the delivery of lessons, for written feedback and homework. Students are introduced to a subject specific vocabulary and are expected to use it in the correct context when discussing their own and professional work.


Parent Support

The Photography department would recommend students having as much access to Photography and Art as possible through their own practice and visiting other Photographers' exhibitions. Students should also have their own SD memory card in order to store their digital photographs.

All staff attend parent consultation evenings, and prepare information handouts for parents when appropriate. The Subject Leader is also always available to address any concerns that parents may have.


The Photography A level is a linear course, which means that students are expected to study for two academic years to gain the full qualification. A Level Photography equips students with the appropriate skills to continue Photographic studies at university, or advance onto a career. Possible career paths include - Commercial Photographer, Artist, Fashion designer, Graphics designer, Web designer, Teacher, Lecturer.