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Photography A-Level at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

The Art Department is equipped with a range of ICT, graphics, printmaking and photography facilities (including a darkroom), two sixth form studios and a dedicated ceramic area.

Students will produce work within two disciplines, Photography and Digital Photography. Students need to be well organised and committed in order to get through the necessary volume of work and to develop the skills that are expected at this level.

Course content

The AS will cover two units of study:

Unit 1

Coursework (30% at full A Level): Students will; explore a theme; select appropriate sources, exploring media and methods to record information; develop ideas; analyse contextual sources demonstrating understanding in both practical and written form.

Unit 2

Externally set assignment (20% of full A Level) will be given out in the Spring Term. Preparatory work will culminate in an eight hour period of unaided work.

The A2 will cover two units of study:

Unit 3

Coursework (30% of full A Level): This unit incorporates two linked elements: Practical work – An opportunity for students to pursue their own creative, visual ideas. Personal study – This requires students to establish coherent links between their practical work and contextual references.

Unit 4

Externally set assignment (20% of full A Level): As in AS but with a twelve hour period of unaided work.

As part of the A level/BTEC course the department organises at least one visit, and students are strongly recommended to participate. In previous years, visits have been arranged to Paris and Barcelona. Visits to the National Gallery and Tate Britain/Modern are also undertaken.

Entry requirements

Students embarking on this course are expected to have a good grade in a GCSE ‘Art’ or ‘Technology’ subject or be able to show a keen interest in this area.

Future opportunities

The course aids progression to employment or selfemployment and also helps access to higher education through foundation, HND or degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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