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Photography at Chestnut Grove Academy

Course description

WHICH SKILLS WILL YOU ACQUIRE?

·       How to control settings on a camera to suit your intentions

·       To become visually literate - to read images to understand their purpose. 

·       Technical skills, how to control a camera, studio and darkroom equipment

·       What the formal elements are how you can utilise them 

·       A range of digital and traditional techniques and processes such as Photoshop, photograms, physical manipulation. 

·       How to analyse work to understand meaning, purpose and style

·       How to use research to help you create your own meaningful and considered imagery.

Course content

LEVEL: AS Level

UNIT: 1 - Internally set project Portraiture - 'How have photographer tried to reveal more about their subject than just their appearance?'

ASSESSED: Coursework

GRADE WEIGHTING: 50% AS Level (25% A Level)

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LEVEL: AS Level

UNIT: 2 - Externally set exam question

ASSESSED: Exam

GRADE WEIGHTING: 50% AS Levvel (25% A Level)

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LEVEL: A2 (A Level)

UNIT: 3 - Personal investigation. Students devise their own project question to direct their project into a specific area of interest

ASSESSED: Coursework

GRADE WEIGHTING: 40% A2 (20% A Level)

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LEVEL: A2 (A Level)

UNIT: 4 - Externally set exam question

ASSESSED: Exam

GRADE WEIGHTING: 60% A2 (30% A Level

Entry requirements

5 A*-C passes at GCSE, preferably with grade ‘B’ at GCSE.

Assessment

Examination and coursework. 

Future opportunities

An A Level in Photography will be useful for further study and careers in photography, media and design. The skills you will develop are useful across a wide range of careers. As an A Level, it will contribute UCAS points to your final university entry.

WHICH CAREER PATHWAYS EXIST AFTER STUDYING THIS SUBJECT?

·       Photographer (Fine Art)

·       Commercial Photographer

·       Set designer (film / theatre)

·       Architect

·       Interior designer

·       Artist

·       Teaching 

·       Fashion industry

·       Illustrator

Further information

WHICH SUBJECTS COMPLEMENT WELL WITH THIS COURSE?

English, Sociology, History, DT, Film Studies, Media Studies, Music, Performing Arts                                             

Contact Ms Kench – skench3.212@lgflmail.org

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chestnut Grove Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year AS followed by one year A2, with 5 lessons per week.

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