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Course description

It is a multi-media course which develops ways of seeing and expressing ourselves using a range of wet and digital photographic techniques.  Students will develop compositional and editing skills, they will learn about different artists and incorporate these influences into their own work, and develop ideas further into creative and artistic responses to the briefs set.

It is a practical based coursework, based around different starting points which may be adapted to suit the artistic preferences of the individual student.  Students will develop skills using ICT to take and refine imagery - primarily PhotoShop, they will learn darkroom skills to create photograms, use SLR cameras to take pictures using film, develop films into negatives and produce a print.


Course content

AS consists of a coursework unit in which they will learn the basics of Photography (Composition, lighting, darkroom, developing, digital, computer manipulation) and an externally set exam question which culminates in a 5 hour timed session to complete a practical outcome.

A2 is a practical personal study on a photographer of your choice and an externally set exam question which culminates in a 15 hour timed session to complete a practical outcome.


Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at Grade 4 or above.  (Photography if studied at 5, Fine Art at 5, Graphics at 5, English at 4).


Assessed by subject teachers and moderated by the exam board.  There are four assessment objectives:

- develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations.

- experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.

- record in visual and/or other forms, ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions.

-present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding and realising intentions.

These assessment objectives are equally weighted allowing hard working students who are consistent to achieve their full potential.

Financial information

A contribution of £10 is required to cover the cost of chemicals and colour printing.  Students are required to provide an A4 file, sketchbooks, glossy photo paper and double sided tape.

Future opportunities

Progression to foundation and degree courses.

Photographer - documentary, studio, fashion, food, reportage, journalism, forensic, film, animation.

Further information

The Art department has a loan system for the loan of SLR film cameras, digital cameras, camera leads, tripods and card readers.  Students and parents/guardians are required to sign a loan agreement prior to being loaned school equipment.

Contact: Mrs A Owen

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: 01 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS in Year 12, A2 in Year 13