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Photography A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code 23
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time



Students will have educational visits to various locations enabling exploration of different ideas and generating a variety of images from a given starting point. We try to provide a varied range of locations which will allow the trying and testing of techniques outside the college environment. Practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of relevant techniques and processes will be common strands of the course. Discussion of ideas, exploring possibilities and evaluating progress will be a regular feature of learning. Students will be asked to produce a body of work that not only means something to them but demonstrates a full understanding of the processes and practices of photography and film to communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings. We will encourage students to find an independent and relevant style that allows them to express themselves.

How will it be delivered?

Component 1 is a personal investigation, worth 60% of the final grade.  Students will produce a portfolio of work for Component 1.

Compoment 2 is an externally set assignment by the exam board and takes the form of a question with a theme to explore. Past exam themes have included: the weird and wonderful, reflections and the effects of light. This is worth 40% of the final mark.  A 1000-3000 word essay will form part of the assessment criteria. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.

Work will be celebrated in an end of year Exhibition.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and English. Entry subject to portfolio review.

Your next steps...

Photography is a great subject through which to develop independent learning and encourage creative flare. Students develop technical skills and understanding of how to manipulate images through computer software. Students often find the skills that they learn are transferable across other A level subjects. Understanding how to analyse and research relevant material are two of the key skills that are not only transferable but lifelong skills.


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