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A Level Photography at Wadebridge School

Course description

AS Level

  • Unit 1: Coursework  Portfolio
    You are required to produce work from a given starting point/s that demonstrates a range of methods, techniques and  processes, while, experimenting and recording your ideas.  You will also need to show the development of your ideas, which have been informed by the study of different photographers, that lead to well presented final images. This element is worth 60% of your overall AS grade.
  • Unit 2: Controlled Assignment 
    You will be given an exam paper around the 2nd February. This exam paper will have a choice of starting points in which you will pick one to produce a well researched thorough body of work and then preparing materials for a 5 hour exam.  This element is worth 40% of your overall AS grade.


A2 Level

  • Unit 3: Personal Investigation
    This requires students to follow the same procedure in developing a personal response, but to a self chosen starting point.  As part of the unit you will be required to submit a written element of min 1000 - 3000 words.
  • Unit 4: Controlled Assignment
    The examination unit is slightly different to the AS as it gives you 15 hours to complete your exam.

Entry requirements

Photography is an A-Level Art qualification. It is therefore a visual subject, which also requires a good level of literacy and numeracy skills so that students can clearly express ideas through written communication.  Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria, including Level 2 Art and English at GCSE.  Some images of Photos taken will be requested.

We expect all students to be committed, motivated, and willing to put in a lot of effort right from the start; working on an understanding of different themes, styles, cultural contexts and different photographic genres, with a real interest in the subject and an ability to meet assignment deadlines.


  • Demonstrations
  • Inductions
  • Presentations 
  • Group work
  • 1-1 tuition 
  • Research of different photographers' techniques and equipment
  • Looking at different photographers' images
  • Practice exam questions

Future opportunities

Photography is all about images, their content and what you are trying to show, capture and say with each image.  Photography is a popular and competitive subject on its own and has links to other subjects like Graphic Design, Illustration, Film and Media.  There are numerous other related jobs with Photography, a few are, Wedding Photography, Commercial, Press, Nature, Film, Food, Publishing, Portraiture, Studio and Travel.

Further information

Independent Study Time:
A successful Photography student will have an interest in taking images and generating project ideas; researching and developing skills and techniques outside of lessons will support students learning. 
Reading photography books and magazines, watching relevant films and TV programmes, browsing the internet, whatever the source, if the content is related to the projects set, it will help to develop understanding and provide a broader knowledge of the subject.  As well as this, students will complete practice exam assignments and other specific homework tasks will be set on a regular basis. Coursework will be assessed regularly and allow us to monitor progress and feedback strategies for improvement to the students work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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