Photography at Cape is a popular course which provides students with the opportunity to develop their creativity through lens and light based media.  Students explore interesting themes and concepts, utilising the visually stimulating world in which we live, as a constant source of inspiration.  Project themes include Environment, Creative Portraits, Weird & Wonderful, My World and the Visual Elements. 

Students are encouraged to produce a high quality portfolio of work which covers all of the assessment criteria.  Sketchbooks are an important part of the development process and are used to record all stages of the course, such as, research, experimentation and realisation of ideas. Students will study photographers and their approaches, exploring their styles and techniques to support their practical outcomes.  Outcomes can be presented in two or three dimensions.   Originality and experimentation is positively encouraged!  100% A*-C grades were achieved by students in 2016 and we are hoping that this year’s students will be as successful!!

Please click in the following links to view students' previous work:


Alice in Wonderland
Human Form
Weird and Wonderful
My World


Course Description

We run the AQA GCSE Photography Specification which is assessed as follows:

Unit 1 – A portfolio of work – 60% of total marks

Unit 2 – An externally set task – 40% of total marks

Unit 1

Students will be encouraged to produce a high quality portfolio of work which covers all of the assessment criteria, set out by AQA.  The portfolio of work must contain one sustained project and a submission of their best work from across a variety of other projects. Sketchbooks are an important part of the development process and are used to record all stages of the course, such as research, experimentation and realisation of ideas. This must include drawing and annotation. Originality is positively encouraged! (60% of marks.)

Unit 2

The externally set task is issued to students in Year 11 in the first week of January.  Students are given a choice of 7 starting points and have approximately 9 weeks to produce preparatory work before completing a final outcome over a period of 10 hours (40% of marks.)

Students must provide evidence for all of the following Assessment Objectives for both Unit 1 and 2.

AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, 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.

‘Would this course suit me?’  If students are wondering if this course is for them, they must ask themselves:

  • Am I creative?
  • Am I an independent learner?
  • Do I like using computers and Photoshop?
  • Can I sustain an investigation over multiple lessons?
  • Am I able to be critical about my own work?
  • Am I able to experiment and take risks?

For further information, please contact:

Mrs A Beamish – Photography Teacher

Student Profile

M. Griffiths

Over the past year and a half I have worked with some brilliant photographers and met even more.  Back in the summer on Lafrowda day 2016 I worked for The Cornishman for the day and my photo got featured in the 4 page spread alongside Cornishman photographer Greg Martin.

I really enjoyed the whole day and whenever I saw Greg he gave me tips and hints of the best places to get good angles of the parades! I mainly focus on my equine photography and over the last year I have been covering horse shows, been hired for photoshoots and had two photos shared by Horse & Hound the top leading national equine magazine.

Already this year I have got a job working with a lovely equine photography business called Shayoleigh Dabbs Photography, run by Shayoleigh Dabbs. I worked alongside with them at North Cornwall Hunt Point to point and after a cold, foggy, stormy day and 70+ photos of mine were uploaded to their webpage.

At home I use my beloved Canon eos 400D with my Canon EF 75-300mm lens f/4.0-5.6  but when I work with SD photography I use their Nikon D3100 with a 18-300mm lens. As much as I like using the Nikon D3100 I will always prefer my Canon!

Lafrowda Day
Megan's horse show shots were used by 'House & Hound' magazine!

Tel: 01736 788501