Pupils will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of lens-based and light-based media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to lens-based and light-based media from the past and from recent times, including European and non–European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the pupils' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Pupils should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including theme-based photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation, new media practice, video, television and film.

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work 

Controlled Assessment – set and marked by centre and moderated by AQA. 
Each pupil will produce a portfolio or journal selected from work undertaken during course of study and must include more than one project.
This is worth 60% of the final GCSE grade.

Pupils will work on two projects throughout years 10 and 11 and produce their own personal response to each starting point in a sketchbook or journal. Final pieces can be at any size and scale that the pupils feel confident with.   

Unit 2: Externally Set Task 

Pupils will be able to choose from 7 starting points on the externally set exam paper. They will have preparation time in which to complete all of the research, development of ideas and critical understanding required to ready them for their 10 hour exam, in which they will be required to produce a response to their chosen question.  
This is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.