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Photography A Level at Writhlington School

Course description

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes through both traditional and new technologies. Explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design. The use of sketchbooks/workbooks/journals will underpin all work by the production of storyboards, thumbnail sketches and/or diagrams, where appropriate. Students may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.

Course content

Year 12 - Practical skills based learning and development of critical understanding of art history together with concepts. You will begin to develop depth of understanding and learn how to respond to the visual word in both practical and written forms. Component 1 (assessed portfolio): produce a collection of work exemplifying aspects of their developing knowledge, skills and understanding. It should provide evidence of research, the development of ideas, making skills and critical/contextual understanding.

Year 13 - Work will continue on Component 1 (assessed portfolio). Component 2 (exam): respond to a stimulus, produce work which evidences 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.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE Grade 6 to 9 including English and Maths.


At the end of Year 12 you will sit end of year exams, these will not count towards your final results. There is one 15 hour exam at A level and your portfolio will also be assessed and count towards your award.

Future opportunities

Commercial, fashion, fine art photography, teaching, gallery/ museum management, graphics, film/television photography, photojournalism, theatre production, art directing, an artist or photography technician.

Further information

Trips are arranged to artistic workshops, galleries and museums.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017

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