Welcome to the Photography Department area for St George's school, Edgbaston. Photography is a thriving subject taught to students in Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Students in Years 7 and 8 also experience working with light and lens based media, Adobe Photoshop and physical manipulation. We study the OCR Art & Design: Photography specification at GCSE and A-level. Cameras are everywhere nowadays so it is the Photography departments job to help you use them in a creative way.

We attempt to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to think creatively and explore the many ways in which photography can re-present reality. GCSE and A 'Level students curate their own sketchbooks using a mixture of physical and digital documentation e.g. digital sketchbooks. Year 7 and 8 pupils are introduced to the digital sketchbook format to ensure they are prepared if they were to choose it as a GCSE option.

If a student were to study photography over seven years, they would be taught how to use a handheld camera, photo-collage, green screen processes, a DSLR camera, Adobe Photoshop, some dark-room practices, studio practice and how to carry out location photoshoots alongside many other supporting techniques. Students will respond to a theme or project title and produce outcomes relevant to that theme or title.

As a department, we feel it is important for individuals to have an understanding of the work of other practitioners therefore we offer our students the opportunity to visit both local and London-based galleries alongside a Year 8 trip to Warner Bros Studios to explore career prospects in the film industry.


Photography at St George's follows the OCR specification from Year 7 to Year 11. More detailed information about what will be taught can be found on the appropriate year page.

Students study several GCSE option subjects on a rotational basis at Key Stage 3 (Year 7 & 8). These subjects are: Design & Technology, Photography and ICT. This gives the students 8 weeks in each subject.


You are expected to bring the following equipment to all Food lessons:

  • USB (to store your digital work).
  • SD card (to store your images).
  • Black/Blue Pen for normal written work.
  • Green pen for self/peer assessment.
  • Pencil, sharpener and rubber.


Photography packs can be purchased via ParentPay by Year 9-13 students. These include an SD card, SD card reader and a USB storage device.

As the photography department has grown, so has the resources and equipment available. We now have a dedicated Photography suite that boasts 20 computers, all housing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. The department has 4 DSLR cameras, 3 graphic tablets and 16 handheld cameras. Their is also a studio space available that boasts a variety of studio lights and backdrops - this is commonly used by the Year 11 pupils during Break and Lunchtimes to build up their photography portfolios.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Students have further opportunities to develop their practical skills by attending a GCSE Photography club afterschool every Tuesday or a KS3 Photoshop club every Wednesday lunchtime.

Photography in Each Year

For more detailed information about how Photography is taught at St George's please select the appropriate year group below: