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Photography AS A2 at Elizabeth Woodville School

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Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences, explore a range of photographic techniques, embracing images created by chemical as well as digital means and by a combination of the two.  Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to photography and a wide range of art, craft and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which will be integral to the investigating and making process.  Responses to these examples will be shown through practical and written activities, demonstrating the students’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.  A sketchbook/journal should be kept by each student to record the progress of each unit.  There is no requirement for students to demonstrate drawing skills in this option unless they wish to. Areas of StudyMust include one or more examples of the following activities:Portraiture, documentary and/or photojournalismLandscape – working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environmentWorking from objects, still life or from the natural worldExperimental imagery Processes, Skills and TechniquesStudents must demonstrate skills in all of the following:The ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of photography.Respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or working to a brief.An appreciation of viewpoint, depth of field and movement, time-based through such techniques as sequence or “frozen moment”.The appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of photography.An understanding of techniques relating to the developing and printing of photographic images, presentations, layout and mounting. Knowledge and UnderstandingStudents must show knowledge and understanding of:How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images, and artefacts created in the context of photography.The historical and contemporary developments and the different styles and genres in photography.How images and artefacts relate to social, environment and cultural and/or ethical contexts and to the time and place to which they were created.Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to photography.The working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to photography.

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students wishing to enter an Advanced Level course should be aiming to achieve at least a B grade in that subject at GCSE level.  For non GCSE subjects such as Psychology and Sociology a grade C in English is a requirement.  It is advised that students sitting the Advanced courses in Maths and Science should have sat the Higher GCSE papers, achieving an A/B grade.


AS – Course StructureUnit 130%CourseworkUnit 230%Unit 340%Terminal ExamA2 – Course StructureUnit 430%CourseworkUnit 630%Unit 740%Terminal Exam

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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