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A2 Photography, (Art & Design) - Applied Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Applied Pathway Subject - You will be taught the necessary technical skills to make the most of your camera, as well as learning how to use the studio space to develop your photo skills. You will also be taught to become experts at using Photoshop to manipulate your digital photographs. All students are expected to learn how to critically analyse photos, based on learning from experts found online, in books or best of all in exhibitions.

Course content


Component 1: Coursework, Personal exploratory work

Students will create a personal project. This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Pupils will be required to produce a 1000 word (minimum) personal study linked to a photographer they are researching in their personal project. This will lead to practical outcomes and a final piece.

Component 2: Externally set task

The externally set paper will be given out in February. Students will have 8-10 weeks to produce supporting studies and practical outcomes. A timed 15 hour exam is carried out in the Art department under controlled conditions.

Entry requirements

An average of 4- "Attainment 8" score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 3s and 4 grade 4s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths

At least a grade 4 in GCSE Art & Design or a C grade in a Technology subject or grade 4 in Media studies.

Along with the necessary work ethic and time commitment.  

All students must have a digital camera prior to beginning the course, details for this will be provided on induction day.

A good working knowledge of Photoshop is required if you havent studied Art at GCSE



60% Coursework – Component 1

40% Externally set task – Component 2
A timed 15 hour exam is carried out in the Art department under controlled conditions.

Future opportunities

You might choose to take Photography as part of an Art based programme, alongside A-level Art, Craft and Design with the intention of progressing on to Art College/University. Some students will choose it alongside other practical or creative subjects. A lot of students choose it alongside more traditional academic subjects, to give their A-Level programme some variety.

Professions within this field could include graphic designer, animator, art director, gallery curator, freelance photographer, studio photographer, web designer, product designer, marketing, publishing, architect, computer games designer along with many others.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: APPHO18
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