A-Level Photography requires students to work in one of more areas of photography including:
Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
Still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
Documentary photography, photojournalism
Students will learn skills such as:
The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of photography
Awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of photography
The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in photography
Appreciation of viewpoint, composition, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement
Appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area(s) of photography
Understanding of techniques related to the production of photographic images and, where appropriate, presentation and layout.
The final A-Level Photography exam consists of two components
Component 1: Personal Investigation, this is worth 60% of the final exam marks. Students choose a subject of their choice and create a portfolio of work with a commentary.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment, this is worth 40% of the final exam marks. Students complete an assessment based on a topic chosen by the exam board.
You must have achieved at least five GCSE at grades A*-C / 9-5, which must include GCSE English Language at a minimum of grade 5 and GCSE Maths at a minimum of grade 5. Your average GCSE score must be a minimum of 5.0. You would be expected to have a satisfactory reference from your last school.
International Entry Requirements
You will be expected to have an IELTS score of 5.5 or greater, High School Certificates must be the equivalent to five GCSE at grades A*-C / 9-5, which must include GCSE English Language at a minimum of grade 5 and GCSE Maths at a minimum of grade 5. (NARIC will be used to check equivalence).
Duration and Delivery
The A-Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July. A-Levels can only be studied as part of the Full Time A-Level Course, studying three subjects over a two year period.
You will need to have access to a camera, there will be additional costs associated with developing and printing photographs. You will have the opportunity to take part in photography visits that will enrich your enjoyment of photography. The exam board is AQA and the specification is GCE Art and Design, Photography Option 7206.
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