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Art and Design (Photography) A Level at Collingwood College

Course description

This course encourages personal, creative and imaginative approaches to photography. You will use techniques and processes to convey messages that relate to professional genres of photography, such as portraiture and documentary photography. You will work in both traditional and digital formats exploring ideas and developing a sense of personal style. You will be expected to have your own camera and be an active photographer seeking out photographic opportunities.

Course content

The A level specification has 2 Components:

Component 1: Personal Investigation - 120 marks. 60% of A level consisting of:

  • A portfolio of practical work showing students personal response to a brief or stimulus
  • A related study of photographers in continuous prose

Component 2: Externally set task – 80 marks. 40% of A level.

The early release paper is issued on 1st February and will provide students with a number of themes each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs or stimuli. Students select one of the themes to investigate, explore and develop ideas that will form the basis of a response in the 15 hour exam.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C (or equivalent) including Grade C in Art or Photography. Experience shows that your chances of success are greater if you have a C Grade for English at GCSE. Students who do not have a C Grade for English at GCSE are encouraged to consider the BTEC Art and Design course that includes Photography units.


Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Component 1: Personal Investigation – coursework 60%
Component 2: Externally set task – 40%

Future opportunities

The subject is excellent for further education and higher education, training or employment. Photography is ideal also for courses such as BTEC Foundation Studies Diploma (Art and Design), BA Honours Degrees in Art and Design and photography or BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma Art and Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Collingwood College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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