What are the main features of this course?
Photography A Level provides opportunities to develop intellectual, imaginative and creative skills while helping students to understand the practices and use of photography in both the past and as part of contemporary society.
The course as a whole will provide a broad and balanced study of the development of photography and its significance as a means of expression and communication. You will be encouraged to approach each brief in an manner that represents your individual photography style and engage with a range of techniques.
The College’s darkroom and studio offer all students the opportunity to respond to a range of themes in an individual manner. The College provides 35mm and digital cameras, a fully equipped darkroom and a studio with tungsten and electronic flash systems. Digital darkroom facilities are also available offering Adobe Photoshop and other graphics software along with flatbed scanners and printers.
Who should study this course?
Anyone with an interest in photography, art and working in the media. Whether you’ve previously studied photography at GCSE or simply have a passion for Instagram, Photography A Level is a great choice to develop your creative skills. The College will provide all of the equipment, materials and training necessary for the course so all you need is an eye for a good shot and an eagerness to explore the world around you.
How is the course assessed?
The course is modular with two units examined in both the AS-level and the full A-level, worth 50% for the portfolio unit and 50% for the controlled test set by the examination board. Coursework is an integral part of the final assessment; this is marked internally then externally moderated.
Where can I go next?
Many A Level photography students progress on to university to study an arts based degree or foundation. Popular career paths from a photography background include freelance or corporate photography, television film crew, producing, web editing, art gallery curating, advertising or social media management. Alternatively, this course will develop your analytical and creative skills which may be transferable to various industries such as retail merchandising, researching or journalism. Additionally, many graduate jobs accept a strong degree in any discipline, so your future opportunities are vast.
A Level Photography makes me appreciate the little details in everyday life that I didn't notice before, such as stormy weather and old buildings. I find it very calming.