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Photography AS/A2 at Desborough College

Course description

We will be teaching the new specification A level Photography from September 2015. This is most likely to be the Edexcel specification, the course content for which is highlighted below. Please note that as of September 2015, an AS exam sat will NOT contribute to a final A level grade. They will be regarded as separate qualifications. It is possible to sit an AS in any of your chosen A level subjects and you may then choose not to continue to study the subject in your second year. However, if you do, your AS grade will not form part of the final qualification.

In your second year, you will therefore be expected to produce a second Personal Investigation to support your portfolio. You will embark on a two year A level in Photography with an option to formally take the AS if you plan not to study it further. This decision to cease studying for the A level will be taken in February of the AS year. To take the AS and try to continue would place you at a significant disadvantage since you would need to produce a second personal investigation whilst others would not. The Edexcel Specification covers all endorsed and unendorsed titles including Art and Design.

Course Content

Component 1: Personal Investigation

The Personal Investigation project is a developmental project that encompasses the breadth and depth of skill required to complete the course. Students will be expected to build competency with a range of digital manipulation techniques, lens based media processes and critical analysis skills. This component allows students to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, recording practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards produced personal resolved outcomes. Students will be expected to be competent with digital camera processes, photo editing software and light-sensitive materials. They will also support their practical studies with critical analysis of photographers to demonstrate an understanding of meanings and contexts. The practical element of the course is supported and informed by a 1,000 word essay that critically analyses the work of artists relating to the topic.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment exam

The Externally Set Assignment comprises of two major elements – preparatory studies and a 15 hour period of sustained focus, under exam conditions. Edexcel provide a suggested starting point and students have the opportunity to demonstrate and deliver a body of work in response. This will demonstrate the depth and breadth of skill developed during the Personal Investigation.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C including English and preferably at least a B grade in GCSE Art and Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Desborough College directly.

Last updated date: 26 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years