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Photography A Level at Heanor Gate Science College

Course description

PHOTOGRAPHY - Lens based photography, experimental photography, film, video and multi-media.

Photography is a creative subject in which students are required to experiment and explore the visual world around them using a range of media. Individuality and personal expression lie at the heart of much of the work produced in the Art Department.

Entry requirements

A grade C or above at GCSE in the subject or related subject you wish to take at AS level



Skills development in term 1 followed by an externally set task.: A 10 hour exam where students must realise their ideas into a final outcome. The early release paper will be issued on 1 January and will provide learners with a number of themes. Within the themes, there will be a choice of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. 100%


A Personal Investigation which has two integrated elements: a portfolio of practical work and a related study which explores the context in which their chosen practical area of study exists. This includes an extended response of a minimum of 1000 words. 60% 

An externally set task: a 15 hour exam where students must realise their ideas into a final outcome. There is a choice of themes for the Externally set task, which are open to all specialisms. Each theme offers a choice of textual and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. 40%

Future opportunities

Post AS/A2 Level You will have access to a wide range of career opportunities in:

  • Advertising
  • The media
  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Photo journalism
  • Technical photography
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Fabric Designing
  • Textile Art
  • Fashion
  • Contour Design

After completing your A level course, if you want a career in the visual arts you could go on to do a one year foundation course which is a stepping stone to higher education.

Further information

You are able to visit exhibitions, art galleries and museums.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heanor Gate Science College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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