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!.
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.
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.
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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