Art & Design: Digital Photography

Staff Contact


Mrs Jo Dawson:

Course Content

You will learn how to take good quality, well composed photographs, looking beyond the lens to use the digital camera as a tool to capture moments in time.

You will work on portraiture and landscape projects, completing sketchbooks and boards for a display at the end of Y12. In Y13, you will choose your own genre of photography to research and develop. 

Exam Board AQA

Exams The course is assessed in Y13 through a personal investigation including a 3000-word essay which makes up 60% of the grade and a final exam.

There is also a 15-hour exam, the wide range of topics for which are released in March. Students are supported in preparing for this practical exam from March until May.  This makes up 40% of the final grade.

Results 2022

A*-A 40% | A*-C 100%

Entry requirements

Sixth form entry criteria plus aGrade 4 or above at GCSE in a creative subject. You will need your own Digital SLR camera and a basic knowledge of editing software would be an advantage.

Career Opportunities

Sports’ Photographer

Fashion Photographer




TV Work

Trips, Industry Links and Work Experience

Wimbledon Arts Studio: camera skills and portraiture shoot

Landscape trips to the local area

Arts trip to London or Europe.


My son has enjoyed the mature relationship he has developed with staff in 6th form. There has been a great atmosphere to foster independent learning. Thank you.

 Parental Exit Survey


Student Profile

Julia Lange

Previous school Burford

Studying Photography, Business and Fine Art

Ambition to study Business at University