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Year 11 Photography

GCSE Photography


The course begins immediately in the September of Year 10 and consists of at least one large scale, sustained project and a collection of smaller units/ single piece items. All of this will be presented as a Portfolio of Work to the examiner. Subject matter will be taken from many different sources including:

  1. Portrait/Human Figure
  2. Close Up/Macro
  3.  Mock Exam Project (based on past paper)

The Portfolio will contain:

PowerPoints/Folders/Sketchbooks. Containing ideas, research, experimentations, annotations, drawings and observations. These are a vital part of the course, and make up approximately 75% of the mark awarded.

Main pieces. Accompanied by research and planning in the Sketchbooks - these could be a photographic print or a photograph worked into using other artistic mediums.


(Additionally an Art Trip -due to Covid-19 this is currently being discussed).

Specification at a glance

Exam Board: AQA 

Specification Code: 8206







Controlled Assessment







No time limit


Portfolio selected from work undertaken during course 


Centre assessed and moderated by AQA - marks submitted May of Year 11


Controlled Test (Final Exam)






10 hours


Material released by AQA in January of Year 11


Sustained focused study – unlimited preparation time

What did my child study during Year 10?

  • Macro / Close Up, including digital research, physical ‘drawing’, taking and editing images.
  • Portrait, including digital research, physical ‘drawing’, taking and editing images.

What will my child study during Year 11?

Completion of the:

  • Macro / Close Up, including digital research, physical ‘drawing’, taking and editing images.
  • Portrait, including digital research, physical ‘drawing’, taking and editing images.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Photography in Year 11?

  • Each project with be assessed using the 4 Assessment objectives. (AO1 - Develop ideas through investigation, 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.)
  • Written feedback on post-it / books
  • Satchel:One has tick sheets and help sheets

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 11 in Photography?

  • Students will be given homework every week
  • It will take between 30mins and an hour
  • Homework’s are a mixture of research tasks and completion tasks
  • Students will need access to the internet and basic Art equipment

How can I support my child to do well in Photography during Year 11?

  • Support by checking work on Satchel:One and encouraging them to attend enhancement afternoons / days

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • Expectation to attend catch-up sessions and pro-active during lessons to seek support

What work did students complete during the school closures that they may not fully understand?

  • All students continued to work on their Macro / Close Up project – with a focus on photography and drawing skills

How will we support those students who were unable to work properly during the school closures and have gaps in their knowledge/understanding?

  • Students have been encouraged to attend catch up sessions and use homework to further develop their skills and knowledge

What changes have been made to the exams to take into account the disruption due to the pandemic?

  • Component 2, The Exam, has been removed from the 2022 Art/Photography GCSE to support more time to focus on the NEA (Coursework)

Updated October 2021