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PhotographyAS Level

Photography is probably one of the only forms of communication that is truly universal, crossing social and cultural boundaries and interweaving itself seamlessly with so many aspects of our lives. Studying Photography will introduce you to a variety of experiences, processes and techniques which will include learning how to use a camera, developing, digital manipulation and montage.

Photography has an extremely important role today and without it our lives would certainly not be as exciting. This course will develop your creative and practical skills and explore the potential of this exciting medium. Follow a programme of study that enables progression to both higher education and employment within photography and art and design where you will develop key skills which are highly valued by employers and universities.

  • Photography is amazing because you can express yourself and your own style whilst creating something visually striking.
  • Photography has allowed me to be creative and expressive through images, instead of having to remember facts like other academic subjects

Course Content

Component 1

Induction Period

Students are required to work in one or more area(s)of Photography, such as those listed below. To explore techniques, revisit processes and refine skills. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• portraiture

• landscape Photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment}.

• Still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)

• Documentation photography, photojournalism

• Experimental imagery

• Multimedia

• Photographic installation

• Moving image (video, film, animation).

Personal investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material, with no fixed time limit

Component 2

Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written materials. The focus of the investigation must be identified by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.


Key Facts

  • Course Level A Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Component 1: 60% of final A2 level Component 2: 40% of final A level- Externally set assignment-15 hours of supervised controlled assessment
  • Assessor AQA
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment

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