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A Level Photography

Activate Learning
Course summary
2 years
Full time
Next available date: Enquire for more information - Bracknell
GCSE / A Level

Course description

A Level Photography

A significant body of work will be produced that reflects your individual creativity, skills, interests and approach. If you want to pursue further study in art and design, you will be supported while you compile a personal portfolio of creative artwork that may be taken to interview for an Art Foundation Diploma course, or for direct entry to higher education.

You will research the work of other photographers, past and present, and find your own voice. Exploring a wide range of photographic skills, including non-lens based media and techniques, developing and printing black and white (B&W) film, as well as studio techniques and location photography. Learn the importance of formal elements of design in composition, and the role of photography in visual communication in historical and contemporary contexts. Produce work with both SLR and digital cameras.

In timetabled sessions, activities include practical work, research, presentations and critiques, and may be undertaken independently and in small groups. Homework will usually be set once a week, and may include research and preparation for classes as well as starting and continuing with practical work.

Classes are timetabled for four and half hours per week, usually between 9am and 5.30pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled lessons, talks, tutorials and workshops. In addition, you can expect to attend study trips and visits to art and design exhibitions and museums as relevant to set assignments.

Suitability - Who should attend?

All A-level students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 (or equivalent), but excluding PE, dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and should be able to show examples of some previous art and design work to demonstrate interest and potential.

Training Course Content

You follow the Edexcel specification.

First year (AS)

  • Unit 1: Coursework (60% of AS-level; 30% of full A-level). Skills building in experimental approaches to drawing, painting and mixed media tasks followed by an internally-set art project.
  • Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40% of AS-level; 20% of full A-level). Externally-set project with theme provided by Edexcel. Timed final outcome under exam conditions.

Second year (A2)

  • Unit 3: Coursework – Personal study (60% of AS-level; 30% of full A-level) Students self-select a topic/ theme to investigate. Extensive artists’ research, together with a written essay of between 1,000 and 3,000 words, is required, plus a significant body of practical artwork as a creative response to the theme.
  • Unit 4: Externally set assignment (40% of AS-level; 20% of full A-level). Externally-set project with theme provided by Edexcel. Timed final outcome under exam conditions.

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Activate Learning

Activate Learning

Activate Learning is a forward-thinking education group that aims for far-reaching, progressive change and impact through learning. We work with learners as individuals, helping them make the choice of course and career pathway that’s right for them. Our mission is to provide work-ready talent for business, and...

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Activate Learning

Oxford City Centre Campus
Oxpens Road
OX1 1SA Oxford Oxfordshire

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