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Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Photography A Level course opens opportunities across the design industries. You will be able to pursue personal interests whilst developing your technical skills. In addition this course gives you the opportunity to develop your personal expression, imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. 


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.  

How will it be delivered?

A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade 5 or above. GCSE Art is preferred although not essential. Commitment and a visual interest is more important.

Your next steps...

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.  


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