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Art and Design: Photography A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

This course offers an opportunity to explore creative andexperimental approaches towards the medium alongside moreestablished techniques. The course is aimed at those students whohave an interest in art and design and wish to explore photographywithin this context. If you do not have GCSE Art and Design you willneed to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates a seriousinterest in creative photography. Further selection criteria may needto be applied if the course is heavily subscribed.

Course content

  • Instruction in the use of equipment and a range of techniques
  • An introduction to the history of photography and contemporary practice
  • Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach towards picture-making through practical projects


Year 1
Externally Set Task: A period of preparatory study based on a starting point set by the exam board followed by a 10 hour period of sustained focused work completed under exam conditions. 
Year 2
Unit 1: Personal Investigation - 60% of A Level grade: Consists of two integrated parts:
1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project portfolio and outcome(s) based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
2. A related study: an external response of a guided minimum of 1000 words. 

Future opportunities

Whilst some students go onto study a Foundation course in Art and Design, a number of students each year progress directly to university to study Photography.

Further information

Resources and Facilities

A well-equipped black and white darkroom, studio and digital processing facilities.

Extra-curricular Activities

Students are required to participate in museum/gallery visits and any site visits related to practical work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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