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Photography AS & A Level at Caterham High School

Course description

Students are taught about a range of different photographic processes in both traditional and new technologies.

A historical and critical understanding of how Photography has changed since its invention and of how different photographers have employed different techniques and skills is recorded in a sketchbook alongside students practical work.

Students start using and understanding traditional processes in photography such as how to make and use their own pin hole cameras and understanding depth of field they then move on to manipulating digital images using Photoshop.

Course content

AS Photography students complete 2 units of study 

  • Unit 1 Students develop a body of work that focuses developing a wide range of techniques that feed into students’ independent work. (60% of final AS mark). 
  • Unit 2 Is set by the examining body and it involves a 10 hour supervised exam where the students develop a final piece of work. (40% of final A Level mark).

In Year 13

  • Unit 1 Students develop their own response to a project title, such as “Juxtaposition”. They should continue to refine and experiment in their artistic practice and show their technical and critical understanding in an extended essay. (60% of final A Level mark).
  • Unit 2 Is set by the examining body and it involves a 15 hour supervised task that shows how the students develop their own ideas for a final piece of work. (40% of final A Level mark).

Entry requirements

7 GCSE’s at grade A*–C including Maths and English at grade C/grade 4. Art AS students will be given priority for this popular course that has a reduced class size due to limitations imposed by darkroom practice.

Financial information

Students are required to buy their own photographic paper and film, which students may purchase through the school. We have industry standard cameras that the students can sign out. When students sign out the school cameras they are accepting full responsibility and liability for loss, theft or damage to the camera and are culpable for any costs incurred.

Future opportunities

Degree in Photography. Many different types of photographers exist. Freelance photographers can photograph portraits, work in commercial industries (such as taking photographs for real estate agents), or take scientific photographs – one of the most lucrative industries for photographers is the aerospace industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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