Photography A Level
About the course
This course aims to introduce prospective students to photographic practice both historical and contemporary. Candidates will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of techniques and approaches. The emphasis is on solving creative problems through research and practical exploration. You will create either a Critical Studies book or ePortfolio website to document your progress in recording a variety of insights, ideas and experiences in a largely visual form.
You will learn about different styles, genres and traditions in the history of photography. You will have access to a range of digital and conventional photography facilities and equipment. You will become proficient users of Photoshop and learn how to experiment in the dark room. Visits to galleries and museums featuring photography are an integral part of the course.
Method of assessment
Component 1 – The Portfolio (60%) Coursework (Sept Yr12 to Jan Yr13)
Component 2 – Externally set task (40%) Examination (over 10 weeks in Yr 13)
A genuine interest in visual culture, especially photography: 5 grade A*-C at GCSE including English and maths.
A portfolio of photographs must be submitted prior to enrolment.
Note: We only offer the two year A level course and do not enter students for examination at AS Level.
In addition, we make excellent use of the PhotoPedagogy site which is a fantastic resource for photography teachers and students and which we helped to establish.