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Photography A Level at Bishop Ramsey C of E School

Course description

Our Photography A-Level course encourages a broad approach, which allows students to develop a sound technical understanding as well as providing an apportunity to explore more creative work in depth.  Students will develp an ability to critically evaluate their own work and the work of others.

Course content

There is a choice of themes for the externally set task, within the themes there will be a choice of textual and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.

The following are some of the possible techniques available to students in Photography: traditional darkroom technology; printing and developing films; digital tecnology; the use of camera equipment and lenses; lighting and exposure techniques.

In Year 13, students will then study a further two units – a personal investigation and an externally set task.

The personal investigation has two integrated elements: a portfilio of practical work and a related study which explores the context in which their chosen practical area of study exists.

There is a choice of themes for the externally set task, within the themes there will be a choice of textual and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.

Entry requirements

Additional subject entry requirements:

English GCSE Grade 5 or English Literature GCSE Grade 5

Assessment

Exam Board - OCR

AS Assessment

Students need to complete a set amount of preparatory work to meet the assessment objectives and complete a 10 hour practical test completed over 2 days.

A Level Assessment

Students need to complete a set amount of preparatory work to meet the assessment objectives and complete a 15 hour practical test completed over 3 days. The coursework unit requires students to produce a set amount of preparatory work to meet the assessment objectives as well as a number of final pieces.

Future opportunities

At higher education there are a wide range of BA Hons courses available at university with Photography as a specialist subject or part of a mixed arts degree.

Further information

Please contact Mr Tulsidas at the school or visit the OCR website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ramsey C of E School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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    • To enrol on a 3 A Level programme of study at least five GCSE's at grade 9 to 4 (two of which must be a 6 or above) including English and Mathematics, will be required.

      Individual course requirements must also be met and the Sciences, Maths and PE have an induction tests . Requirements are clearly stated in the Course Guide on the school website.

      Students may start on four A Levels and drop to three once they have determined their strengths (usually in the second half term of Year 12). Some students do finish all 4 A Level. courses.

      The Extended Project Qualification will also be an option for some students.

      We are also offering a Creative Pathway where students may choose 2 or 3 A Levels from Art, Drama, Photography and Film Studies. Entrance requirements could be met if a portfolio of work is sufficiently good and demonstrates ability to complete the course.