KS4 Photography

GCSE Photography at Pen y Dre High School introduces students to a huge range of photographic media, techniques and processes, both traditional and contemporary.

Our students investigate images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of photographic practices, from the past and from recent times.

Our students respond to these examples through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Our students keep a sketchbook and a digital portfolio where they develop their photography skills and final photographic outcomes.

Areas of study:

Students are required to work in one or more areas of photography such as:


Landscape photography

Still life photography

Documentary photography, photojournalism

Fashion photography

Experimental imagery


Photographic installation

Moving image


Skills and techniques:

Our students will be expected to demonstrate skills such as:

The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of photography

Awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of photography

The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in photography

Appreciation of viewpoint, composition, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement

Appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area(s) of photography

Understanding of techniques related to the production of photographic images and, where appropriate, presentation and layout.

Knowledge and understanding

Our students will show knowledge and understanding of:

Relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources

How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in their chosen area of photography

Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres

How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created

Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to photography

A working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of photography.