Photography - A Level - Year 1

The A Level Photography course is for learners who have a strong visual sense that they want to develop further. We all feel the need to record the events that we experience by photographing them; usually using a smartphone. But photographs are taken for many reasons and are used for many different purposes and the course looks at these reasons as well as how photographs are used.

You will learn how to use a camera skilfully, how to think more deeply about your photographs and how to use post production to craft images to a professional standard. During the first year you will sample different disciplines of photography, leading you to specialise during the second year when you will discover your voice as a photographer. On completion of the course your work will be exhibited, and you will have created a portfolio of your best work; something to be proud of!.

How will I be assessed?

The first year is assessed internally, resulting in a formative grade. The second year is assessed internally and moderated by AQA. There are 2 components in the second year, the Personal Investigation and the externally set assignment - the grade for these units make up your summative A Level grade.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 and 3 at grade 5, including an Art & Design subject.

A Level 2 Vocational qualification in an Art & Design subject or a strong photographic portfolio may also be considered.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Graphics HNC, you may also consider a Creative Apprenticeship.
  • University - a range of degrees including Photography, Graphic Design, Art & Design or Photo Journalism.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Photojournalism, Fashion, Advertising, Weddings and Portraits, Social Documentary, Sports, Wildlife and Editorial.

Additional information

The principles learned during the course can be applied across other disciplines, for instance lighting and cinematography in the moving picture business. We have two field trips in the first year.

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