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Photography A Level at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

Candidates should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They should be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. Candidates should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relation to photography and a wider range or art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigation and making process. Their responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities, which demonstrate the candidates' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.


Candidates should be aware of four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product. Candidates should use sketchbooks/workbooks journals to underpin their work where appropriate. There is no specific requirement for candidates to demonstrate drawing skills in this endorsement unless they wish to. Candidates may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.

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Areas of Study

Skills and Techniques

Knowledge and Understanding

Candidates are required to work in one or more areas 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 natural world

Documentary photography, photo journalism

Experimental imagery

Photographic installation, video, television and film.


Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills in the context of their chosen area(s) of Photography. Candidates will be required to demonstrate skill in all of the following.


The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography

The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography

Appreciation of viewpoint, composition depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or 'frozen moment'

The appropriate use f the camera, film, 'lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography

Understanding of Techniques related to the developing and printing of Photographic images, where appropriate, presentation and layout

Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:

How ideas, felling and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in the chosen area(s) of Photography

Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres

How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/ or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created



Component 1:

Personal Investigation 60%

Component 2:

Externally Set Assignment: 40%


Further information

For more information please contact Mr Jones in B106 at Ralph Thoresby School or email Mr Jones at:

How to apply

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Last updated date: 17 October 2016
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