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Art and Design (Photography) at Cleeve School

Course description

At AS, students produce a portfolio of work which shows that they have developed their skills, knowledge and understanding of Photography through understanding how an SLR Digital camera works, editing photographs and experimenting altering images in order to communicate ideas. They will visit exhibitions and experience workshops run by practicing artists. At A-Level the students work on an extended major ‘personal investigation’ project producing a body of work which they choose independently. This can include anything the student feels appropriate to their selected theme, issue or concept which shows a development from an initial starting point to a final realisation. Included at both AS and A-Level is the study of how photographers work and express their ideas and feelings relating to different times and contexts.

Course content

Units in AS
•  Component 1: Coursework Portfolio
•  Component 2: Externally set assignment
Units in A-Level
• Component 1: Personal Investigation
• Component 2: Externally set assignment

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a B grade in Fine Art or Unendorsed Art and Design or Art Textiles or Graphic Communications GCSE. (Students may be considered who have not done an Art related GCSE only on presentation of a portfolio of work at interview.)


At A-Level the personal investigation is supported by a written study of approximately 3,000 words. The externally set assignment is a question paper which gives a variety of different starting points which the students select one question to respond to. At AS they have a 10 hour exam and at A-Level they have a 15 hour exam.

Future opportunities

With a Photography A-Level students can progress into further education, higher education or employment. It equips them to progress onto an Art Foundation Course, Higher National Diploma or Honours Degree in Art and Design. It is also a suitable course for students who have an interest in the subject but who do not intend to study it beyond A-Level. We have had students who successfully study photography then go on to take Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Humanities at university. The course also supports choices such as Photojournalism, Freelance Photography, Digital Imagery and Media Communications.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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