The Photography Department aims to provide an exciting and rewarding exploration of Photography that will enrich a pupil's life at Lancing and help them build learning power.

It aims to give them a high degree of visual literacy that they will carry into their adult life regardless of whether they propose to follow a career in a creative industry.

The Department at Lancing has a firmly established identity and has transformed dramatically since its small beginnings in 2005. The photographic facilities are truly outstanding with both traditional and digital media being supported and encouraged.

About the Curriculum

There is no archetypal Photography pupil and historically we have taught pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds and photographic experience but who are motivated and excited about the possibilities within subject. For those wishing to specialise within a creative industry, Pre-U Photography (replacing the current A Level model - see below) can be a stepping stone for entry to Foundation courses as well as direct entry to the most competitive photography and design-based degree courses.

Cambridge Pre-U Certificate

In the place of the current A Level model, the Photography Department offers the Cambridge International Examinations’ Level 3 Pre-University Certificate course. The course is the Pre-U Certificate in Art and Design (Principle) 9837. It is a linear award, which means it is examined entirely at the end of the second year, uninterrupted by modular exams at the end of the Lower Sixth Form so, in the first instance, requires the pupil to be committed to the subject for the full two years. It promotes greater depth of experience in the subject and its assessment structure enables candidates to demonstrate prowess beyond the limit of the A* at A Level (Distinction 1 = A**, D2 = A*, D3 = A). It is, therefore, a perfect vehicle for the truly talented pupil but, in particular, its methodology lends itself ideally to the style and nature of the teaching of Photography at Lancing College.

The course requires three areas of study:

  • Portfolio (30% – Internally Assessed & Externally Moderated)
  • Evaluative Study (30% - Internally Assessed & Externally Moderated)
  • Project (40% – Externally Set & Externally Assessed)

In Portfolio - completed during the first year of study – the candidates are encouraged to explore a variety of approaches which reflect personal explorations of a theme through experimental and expressive means. The Project develops from the first year of study and, by means of externally set starting points, candidates will progress their knowledge, skills and understanding in the second year. The 3,500 word Evaluative Study is the written component which is intended to give the candidates the opportunity to further their insights and perceptions of the practice of other artists in relation to their own work.

The Cambridge Pre-U is a highly liberating course with the obvious benefit being time itself. Increased time, allowing for a fuller development, greater maturity in experimentation and ambition in resolutions with, potentially, better results being achieved at the end.