Photography A Level at Langley Park School for Boys
This is an exciting course that will give students the opportunity to work with a full range of traditional and new technologies and to explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. The emphasis is placed on a creative approach that goes beyond mere observation, and involves image manipulation techniques and explores the ways in which images can be presented. Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image.
Areas of study will include: portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary and photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery and multimedia. The department offers excellent studio and dark room facilities which students are encouraged to use to produce their shoots, both during and outside timetabled lessons. It is preferred that students have their own 35 mm manual SLR camera and access to a digital camera (a DSLR is advised).
It is advisable to have studied Photography or an art-based course at GCSE, but in the absence of a formal qualification, good visual skills are necessary and should be made evident through the presentation of a concise portfolio of work at interview.
All components are set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the school in June.
Component 1: Personal Investigation. 60% of A Level.
This is a practical investigation supported by written material. The student identifies the theme independently and it must lead to a final outcome or series of outcomes. The investigation must be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s understanding of creative decisions and making meaningful connections between visual, written and other elements. Their practical work should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists and designers, photographers or craftspeople and include written work of approximately 3000 words which supports the practical work.
Component 2: Externally set assignment. 40% of A Level.
Students produce an exam project which is 40% of the grade. Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA in the examination paper, and produce work which evidences their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives.
Photography will support a career path into a varied range of industries including becoming a photographer. Students graduate to take up occupations and careers in fashion, architecture and interior design, advertising, journalism, film and television, printing and publishing, games design, digital media and web design, to name but a handful. Most students elect to continue into further education and go on to either a FoundationCourse or progress straight to degree level study.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.