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Photography AS and A2 at Park House School

Course description

The main purpose of any course in photography and design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way and perhaps even contribute for the benefit of everyone.

The skills you will develop will be varied. Among them, you will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within photography. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using photography and design. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills.

You will also develop a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of photography and design in history and in contemporary society.

Course content

AS Course Summary
Unit 1 Coursework Portfolio
50% of AS / 25% of A Level
You will produce a collection of material which exemplifies work carried out during the AS course. The work is set and marked internally and moderated by AQA.
Unit 2 Externally-Set Assignment
50% of AS / 25% of A Level
For this assignment students produce preparatory work and 4 weeks into this assignment they produce work of a wholly developmental nature during a 5 hour period of unaided work. They then go on to complete the assignment including a finished piece or pieces of work. 
A2 Course Summary
Unit 3 Personal Investigation
25% of A Level
The emphasis of this unit should be on self-directed study based on a personal issue, interest or concern. You must demonstrate evidence of greater maturity, more advanced skills and techniques. In addition you are required to submit written work in support of your practical work of approximately 1,000-3,000 words. The quality of written communication will be assessed in this unit.
Unit 4 Externally-Set Assignment
25% of A Level
This unit is set by AQA. You will be required to select one question from the controlled Test Paper. You will have from February to prepare and 15 hours to produce a final realisation.

Entry requirements

Students who have an A* – B grade in GCSE Photography and/or have taken a practical and creative course at GCSE will have the best foundation for success in AS. This is not always a requirement and staff will consider each applicant at interview. However, AS and A Level photography are not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities.

Financial information

A contribution to materials of approximately £30 per term – students can buy subsidised materials and sketchbooks from school. We recommend students have their own cameras, but this is not essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park House School directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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