A camera is a save button for your mind’s eye - Roger Kingston

Photography at Hendon School is an exciting subject that allows students to investigate a range of photographic genres based on their own personal interests. Students are encouraged to seek an expressive and interpretative artistic response to the visual world while exploring their own cultural identities.

Students use lens-based media which they may manipulate using darkroom facilities and digital technology: we teach the use of SLR and Digital SLR cameras and run workshops on traditional darkroom processes, Adobe Photoshop and Moviemaker.

Entry requirements:

Students must have completed a Photography, Media, Design or Art GCSE course and must have achieved at least a C grade in that course.

Students must have achieved a C in English GCSE 

Students must have their own digital compact or digital SLR camera and they must have a passion for photography and art.

Exam board AQA

Students have 9 lessons each fortnight





Year 12

-Photogram Stop Motion
-Still Life SLR and darkroom
-Identity portraiture and self-portraiture

Location project
-City Lives project

from 1st February
Exam theme project

Year 13

Personal Investigation

from 1st February
Exam theme project

Exam preparation

AS Course
Students produce a portfolio of work based on 3 projects: Still Life/ Portraiture/ Location

Controlled Assignment - Students select one starting point from a range of themes provided by the exam board and develop this into a project folder in preparation for the practical exam. 10h controlled time/practical exam

A2 Course

Students submit a major project investigation that has a personal significance (3000 words). As a department we ask students to work on PowerPoint when analysing their images.

Controlled Assignment - Students select one starting point from a range of themes provided by the exam board and develop this into a project folder in preparation for the practical exam. 10h controlled time/practical exam

Outside the classroom

We also provide a regular exhibition space, in collaboration with the Hendon school library, to give students a forum in which to discuss and display their work-in-progress to a wider school audience. Our department has links with The Photographers’ Gallery and they provide exhibition and workshop opportunities for our students. For the past 3 years we have been part of the Visual Literacy project ‘Seeing More Things’ which has been sponsored by the John Lyons Charity. We regularly visit museums and galleries to broaden students’ understanding of contemporary photographic practice.

Year 12 students, interested in studying photography at university, are also encouraged to attend a summer university course to work with other photographers and develop their skills further.

Progression pathways and careers

Students are able to complete a GCSE and A-level in photography (it is possible to do A-level without having done the GCSE if students meet the entry requirements).

Students are able to progress on to Foundation Studies in Art & Design, BA (Hons) and higher degrees in Art & Design subjects. Students are also able to follow apprenticeship routes.

Careers can include photojournalist, fashion, fine art and commercial photography. Other careers include advertising, art director, film director, cinematographer, film editor, film production, TV production, script writer, animation designer, game designer, magazine and newspaper editor

Hendon School has an excellent reputation for students going on to art and photography courses. Some of our recent alumni include:

Bindi Vora

  • Foundation Course at London School of Fashion
  • BA(Hons) Photography at University of Westminster, London
  • Practising Fine Art Photographer
  • PA to the director of The Photographers Gallery, London
  • Module Lecturer at The University of Westminster, London

Danny Veeraswarmy

  • BA (Hons) Photography at University of Hertfordshire
  • Sales Representative for Sony

Nadia Radjabi

  • BA (Hons) Photography at Middlesex University, London
  • Darkroom Technician at Middlesex University

Rizwan Baig

  • BA Film and Digital Production at Ravensbourne University
  • Freelance photographic director and camera operator

Lucy Shaffer

  • BA Photography at Plymouth University
  • Event Manager at The Roundhouse, Camden

Useful links Tate Britain and Tate Modern research website Victoria and Albert Museum The National Gallery The Photographers Gallery The National Portrait Gallery


Ms Martina Schmid, Head of Photography,

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