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Photography A Level at Kineton High School

Course description

This course is designed for those who have a strong interest and commitment to photography. Ideally it will build on a creative GCSE such as Art and Design or Graphics. It is a popular course which combines a creative interest with an opportunity to understand the technicalities of using a digital SLR and traditional film camera.

Entry requirements

In order to study Photography A Level you will need to achieve a grade C or above in GCSE Art or Graphics. Students not offering this will be considered upon presentation of a portfolio to the Art department in February, to consist of 15 images you have taken yourself with annotation.

Students are expected to have their own digital SLR camera. Advice can be given on this at a later stage.

As the course progresses students will need to pay for some good quality colour printing at external agencies

In addition students would need to contribute to the cost of developing paper and films for chemical photography in school. This would be £25.00 to be paid in November for the whole year.


The course comprises four units, the first two at Advanced Subsidiary (AS level) and the other two at A2 level.

It will involve personal enquiry and expression, involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording.

Themes could include subjects such as Still Life, People, Places and include an awareness of the formal elements within images of line, tone, texture, pattern, shape and form.

Assessment is 60% coursework/personal portfolio and 40% externally set assignment.

Throughout the course students will develop skills in:-

- Digital photography
- Traditional black and white darkroom photography
- Studio and location techniques
- Digital manipulation
- Sketching and annotation
- Historical and contextual studies

Visits to local and national galleries and museums in London and Oxford will form an important part of the course, both to extend practical work and develop an awareness of critical studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kineton High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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