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Art and Design (Photography) - A Level

Why choose A level Photography?

This exciting hands-on course offers you the knowledge and skill to become highly inventive in the creation and production of eye catching, thought provoking imagery.

Some photographic career options

  • Advertising
  • Photojournalism
  • Commercial Photography
  • Advertising Art Director
  • Animation
  • Photographer
  • Fashion
  • Press Photographer
  • Graphics Design
  • Electronic Design
  • Film / Video Editor
  • Location Manager
  • Programme Researcher, Broadcasting / Film / Video
  • Runner / Broadcasting / Film / Video
  • Television Camera Operator
  • Television Film / Video Producer
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Forensic Photography
  • Computer Games Design Education

What will I study and learn?

This GCE specification is designed to enable candidates to experience photography thoroughly and comprehensively. Development of ideas is informed by contextual studies of past and present photography and other sources such as film, fine art, installation art, graphic design, production design and published media and the place of photography within these.

Photography at A Level has been designed for a broad range of candidates. The course follows both traditional and digital techniques where much emphasis is based upon the research and study of both historical and contemporary photographers.

Candidates might engage with early light based images and rudimentary technology, such as a pinhole camera, as well as the most contemporary, which may include the use of digital cameras, video camcorders, photocopiers, scanners and mobile phones. They may also work exclusively with film based or digital technology or with both.

Outcomes can be screen or print based, comprise still or moving images and might be discrete to the subject area or combined with other art forms.

How is the course assessed?

Reformed A level

  • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry Non-exam Assessment - 40% of A level qualification
  • Unit 2: Personal Investigation Non-exam Assessment - 36% of qualification
  • Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment Non-exam Assessment - 24% of qualification

Key Information

  • Level: AS and A2
  • Examination Board: WJEC
  • Subject Leader: Mr P Dougan
  • Course Leader: Mrs P McDonald-Holmes
  • Entry Requirements: GCSE grades A*- C in a minimum of 5 subjects (to include English and Mathematics). GCSE C grade in Art and Design.

Reformed A level Modules:

  • Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry Non-exam Assessment - 40% of A level qualification
  • Unit 2: Personal Investigation Non-exam Assessment - 36% of qualification
  • Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment Non-exam Assessment - 24% of qualification

Student comment: "I can see myself in about 5 years working as a freelance photographer"

SIXTH FORM COURSES

A LEVEL

ART AND DESIGN
ART AND DESIGN (FINE ART)
ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)
BIOLOGY
CHEMISTRY
ECONOMICS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH LITERATURE
GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY
ICT APPLIED
MATHEMATICS
MEDIA STUDIES
MUSIC
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGY
PHYSICS
SOCIOLOGY
SPANISH

BTEC

PERFORMING ARTS
SPORT
SPORT (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS)

AQA

APPLIED BUSINESS