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Photography at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

Photography is a popular subject at A Level, with many students attracted to the combination of technical instruction and creative freedom it offers. If you choose to study Photography, you'll have considerable scope in choosing and pursuing your own projects. As a result, the work of our students and the Department's expertise is diverse.


Course content

The course aims to develop an understanding of a wide range of photographic approach. Whether you're interested in digital photography, traditional SLR work or film-making, you'll receive expert support and tuition.

The A2 course allows you further scope to specialise. Increasingly, you'll focus on the quality of your final prints, honing the skills and knowledge you've acquired over the course of the AS.


Entry requirements

Five GCSEs Grade 4 or above. In addition, a minimum GCSE grade B in Art


 Unit 1 of the AS combines practical work with an investigation into the work of established photographers. There is an emphasis on research but also on experimentation. Unit 2 is a timed exam.

Similarly to Unit 1 of the AS, Unit 3 combines practical work with research into and study of other photographers' work. However, the emphasis is on the final prints. Unit 4, again, is a timed exam.

Future opportunities

Photography could lead to academic or vocational degrees relating to Art careers, Advertising, Commercial work, Editorial, Fashion, Film, Food, Forensic, Industrial, Architectural, Ariel, Portraiture and Wedding photography, Sports and Travel, Press photography, Photojournalism, Fine Art, Editing, Fashion photography or Styling, the Film industry, Forensic science, Curating, Image Library, etc.

You will develop skills in creative and practical problem solving, developing ideas through research, practical application, analysis and critique and gain better organisation. These transferable skills gained through study of Photography are, in general, of wide applicability.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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