Students can produce work in a number of photographic areas, such as portraiture, landscape, documentary, experimental imagery and moving image. They are introduced to a range of digital photographic and editing techniques and will undertake practical coursework projects involving recording observations and experiences, analysing sources, developing ideas, researching photographers/artists and the production of final images.
Component 1: Personal investigation.
A practical photographic investigation conducted through a series of linked projects supported by written material comprising four parts:
• An introduction to the key skills
• Investigation, to show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcomes with evidence of research and development of ideas
• A shorter, more focused unit culminating in the Year 12 mock exam
• An extended personal study.
Assessment: teacher assessed and externally moderated. 60% of A Level
Component 2: Externally set assignment.
The question paper consists of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one of the questions from which to develop a practical photographic project supported by written material. There is a preparatory period plus 15 hours of supervised time.
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
GCSE English grade 5 or above. GCSE Art is preferred although not essential. Commitment and a visual interest is more important.
Many A Level Photography students go on to art and design colleges or university. Previous students have made careers in photography, fashion, film making, photo journalism, fine art, travel photography and animation.