Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:
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
moving image (video, film, animation).
A Level Units:
Component 1: Personal Investigation
This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
Component 2: Externally Set assignment
A question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.
Students produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes within 15 hours supervised time.
A Level – Two Years
Component 1- Personal investigation
What is assessed: Personal Investigation
No time limit
60% of A- Level
Component 2- Externally set Assignment
What is assessed: Response to an externally set assignment
Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
40% of A-Level
Progression into careers via:
The course directly supports progression to further and higher education in Photography and related subjects, as well as providing all students with a rich platform to inspire a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of Photography.
Length of Course:
Periods Per Week:
5 x 1 hour lessons