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St Peter's
Catholic School


Why study photography?

Our aim in photography is to expose students to the creative possibilities of digital art using the medium of photography. This is available to all students at St Peter’s who wish to study photography. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in artist contextual research and to create personal responses based on what other image makers have done in the past. Students examine the work of art movements past and present. Once a student takes an interest in one of these areas they are free to create digital art in the style of these art movements.

The facilities available to photography students include Apple Macs for editing images and mastering Photoshop as well as studio space. All student portfolios are created digitally using these facilities.

Students' work is displayed in personal portfolios as well as various photography exhibitions that are put on at different times of the year. All students must have a DSLR and either relevant software at home or be committed to additional studio time, in addition to the field work required to complete the course.

Course Content


Develop an understanding of Photography, using a variety methods to create work in response to a range of different starting points.


Component 1 (40%): Personal Investigation. An in-depth study, set by the student focusing on a particular theme or interest, supported by written material. Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2 (60%): Externally set assignment, which is published on 1st February. Students select a starting point from an exam paper, using this they create a portfolio of work in preparation for a timed exam. Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Extracurricular opportunities

• Regular visits to local and national galleries

• A dedicated studio for our Art students to continue with and expand current work and practice

• European/UK study visit