A-Level Photography will introduce you to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques. Researching the work of other photographers and artists is an integral part of the course. You will produce a sketchbook / workbook / journal to underpin your work, documenting your research and recording the development of your own work. You should be able to express ideas and link your intentions to outcomes in a confident and assured manner. Working with your tutor, you may get the opportunity to publish your work online. A-Level Photography is a linear course: students will complete two assessments at the end of their two years of study.
A-Level Photography requires students to work in one of more areas of photography including:
- Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
- Still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
- Documentary photography, photojournalism
Students will learn skills such as:
- The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of photography
- Awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of photography
- The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in photography
- Appreciation of viewpoint, composition, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement
- Appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area(s) of photography
- Understanding of techniques related to the production of photographic images and, where appropriate, presentation and layout.
The final A-Level Photography exam consists of two components
- Component 1: Personal Investigation, this is worth 60% of the final exam marks. Students choose a subject of their choice and create a portfolio of work with a commentary.
- Component 2: Externally Set Assignment, this is worth 40% of the final exam marks. Students complete an assessment based on a topic chosen by the exam board.
The majority of A-Level students will progress onto a Higher Education Degree at University.
Suitability - Who should attend?
You must have achieved at least five GCSE at grades A*-C / 9-5, which must include GCSE English Language at a minimum of grade 5 and GCSE Maths at a minimum of grade 5. Your average GCSE score must be a minimum of 5.0. You would be expected to have a satisfactory reference from your last school.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
GCE A Level or equivalent
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