Photography A level at Oldfield School
What will I study?
Coursework Portfolio. You will learn various techniques and skills that are evidenced through a given theme in a work book and then you will produce a set of final black and white and digital prints.
Externally Set Assignment. The examination board sets questions; you select one to work from. This is explored through photography and evidenced as a series of theme and planning boards and final photographs. The formal examination time in which the final prints are developed is 5 hours.
Personal Investigation. You select your own theme and then extend your understanding of photographic skills through the development of ideas. The work is presented as a work book, a written analysis of a Photographers’ work and a set of final prints.
Externally Set Assignment. The examination board sets questions; you select one to work from. This is explored through photography and evidenced as a series of theme and planning boards and final photographs. The formal examination time in which the final prints are developed is 15 hours.
You need to have a passion for images and it would be an advantage if you had access to a 35mm film camera and a digital camera. It is a demanding and time consuming course; students must be prepared to do six hours unsupervised work per week in addition to lessons.
Examination Board - AQA
Your teacher marks your work using four assessment objectives; these are checked by an Examination board Moderator.
AS is made up of two units ARTF1 and ARTF2, each unit is worth 50% of the total AS level.
A2 is made up of four units; the two AS units and ARTF3 and ARTF4, each unit is worth 25% of the total A level.
Photography will support further studies in Media and Film. You may wish to pursue a career in Fashion Photography or in journalism. It is a valued qualification because it teaches you to communicate using imagery and analyse what is seen or shown. Many students go on to study for a degree in Photography and this can lead to employment as a photographer.
Is there anything else that I need to know?
The Art department will provide the materials you need but it helps if you have your own cameras. We will expect you to be resourceful and gather and collect things that may help you with your work.
Am I suited to this course?
You will be well suited to this course if you are:
- Interested in looking at images and recording special or unusual things
- Keen to learn how to use a camera and how to take impressive photographs
- Interested in making statements using images.
What other subjects does it complement?
Photography links well with all subjects as it is about presentation of ideas. It complements Art, History, and Media particularly well.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldfield School directly.