Key Stage 5 (AS/A Level)
The aim of the course is to develop photographic skills and to pursue the appreciation of Art in its widest sense. Students will study different photographers, all lens based media, and a wide variety of genres and approaches to taking photographs. All students will make personal responses to those studies.
AS Level - 100% of the total examination
There are two units at AS level
- Component 1 – 60% is called the Portfolio component, because it is seen as a possible preparation for a degree in Art or Photography. Students will produce a collection of work which includes at least one extended project and may include other examples of practice aimed at developing particular skills or extending their knowledge of other photographers.
- Component 2 – 40% is the externally set assignment in which candidates respond to one of five starting points. Work is undertaken between February and May culminating in 10 hours of supervised time in which they complete a preparatory piece of work.
A Level - 100% of the total examination
There are two units at A Level
- Component 1 – 60% is called the Personal Investigation – Students are required to produce a practical investigation and a written study of 1000 – 3000 words linked to the project work.
- Component 2 – 40% is the externally set assignment in which students respond to one of eight starting points. Work is undertaken between February and May culminating in 15 hours of supervised time in which they are expected to fully realise their ideas.
- Units are marked internally and moderated externally.
- Each unit is marked out of 96.
All of the work is considered as coursework, with time allocations being implemented in unit two.
The requirement is five GCSE passes at A* to C including Art or Photography at grade B or above.
The skills needed are an ability to use a camera at a basic level, an interest in the technical aspects of photography, knowledge of photoshop would be an advantage and the study of photographers
The course follows the GCSE approach, which is based on one project which requires a main piece and a collection of preparatory work.
Careers and Support Subjects
AS and A level Photography can be useful for a career in Fashion - Journalistic Photography, Graphics, Management, Marketing, Interior Design, Architecture, retailing, Teaching, Advertising, Fashion and Product Design to name but a few careers where the creative mind is necessary.
Both the digital process and the developing of photographs in the traditional way will be studied on the course. It is expected that digital manipulation will be used in the processing of images, however use of the darkroom will feature as part of the development process.
Students wishing to progress onto A Level will be expected to maintain positive grades and results throughout the first year. Behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.