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Photography AS/A2 Level at All Saints' Academy

Course description

Are you creative and imaginative? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different ways?
If so, you should consider taking Photography. You will enjoy developing your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas
and issues in ways that are personal to you.
Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture. Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it.
On the course itself, you will learn about the work of photographers before going on to creatively develop and explore your own ideas using a range of both traditional and digital techniques and processes. You will be expected to demonstrate your skills and knowledge of photography in a sketchpad leading to a final outcome for each unit of work.

Course content

The AS is a one year course which comprises of two units of work:
Unit 1 - Coursework portfolio
Unit 2 - AS Externally set assignment
The A Level is a one year course which students who have successfully completed the AS course to a C or above standard can progress on to, it also comprises of two units of work:
Unit 1 - Personal investigation
Unit 2 - A2 Externally set assignment

Entry requirements

AS level
GCSE Grade B in Art or equivalent
GCSE Grade 5 in English
AS Photography Grade C


The AS is assessed with the completion of a coursework portfolio and externally set assignment with unit 1 comprising of 60% and unit 2 is 40% of the total AS mark.
The A Level is assessed at the completion of the personal investigation unit and externally set assignment with comprising unit 1 comprising of 60% and unit 2 is 40% of the final A level mark.

Future opportunities

Photography can lead to specific careers in photography including commercial photographer, fashion photographer, filmmaker, forensic photographer, medical photographer, sports photographer, photojournalist, picture editor, researcher, and teacher. But it is also a useful qualification to have if you are thinking of any career in 
the visual arts and can lead to work in graphic design, animation, digital media as well as film and television.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact All Saints' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years