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Art and Design (Photography) A Level at The Bishop Wand Church of England School

Course description

Many students are attracted to the Photography course due to the creative freedom and vast range of technical skills taught such as dark room and digital methods. You will also explore different types of photography such as portraiture, landscape, still life, photojournalism, fashion, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic and moving image (video, film, animation).

The study of Photography will deepen your understanding of historical and contemporary photographers, artists and designers and give you the opportunity to carry out similar techniques.

An A Level in this subject may lead to a wide range of career opportunities in the creative industries, an area experiencing great expansion in this country. Photography is vastly becoming popular in all sectors of the job market as employers require creative thinkers who can innovate, see and make connections, solve problems and make informed decisions and judgements. This course will give you many transferable skills you can use in the future.

Course content

Year 12: Introduction to Photography: photogram and darkroom methods, portraiture, location, fashion and still life photography.

Year 12/13: Personal Investigation: students research and explore a theme of their choice.

Year 13: Externally set assignment: 15 hour supervised time plus preparatory period.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art/Photography a minimum of a B/C grade is preferable.


Students will be regularly assessed throughout the personal investigation and guided on a one to one basis. The A Level paper is set on February 1st and consists of 8 exciting, flexible starting points. Following a preparatory period, students complete a personal response in a 15 hour exam. The Personal Investigation and the externally set task are marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Personal Investigation: 60%
Externally set assignment: 40%

Future opportunities

The usual progression to Art and Design or Photography courses at University is via an Arts Foundation course lasting one year, although we have had students go straight to BA Hons courses due to their strong Photography portfolios. There are a wide range of careers that make use of Photography, especially with the rise of digital arts and media in advertising and gaming.

Further information

Students will have the opportunity to explore location photography whilst on trips. In the past students have been to London and Paris; in the future students may also have the opportunity to visit New York.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop Wand Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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