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Photography AS and A Level at Woodcote High School

Course description

The course is intended for those who are interested in studying the principles, aesthetics and role of photography as a means of communicating ideas and information, the use of traditional methods and/or digital techniques. Researching the work of other photographers and artists is an integral part of the investigating and making process. Students will produce a sketchbook/workbook/journal to underpin the work, documenting their research and recording the development of their work. Students should be able to express ideas and link their intentions to outcomes in a confident and assured manner. Photography combines well with most other subjects from humanities, sciences and business management areas of study.

Course content

The AQA specification consists of two components at AS & A Level. This course is available as an AS Level, which involves one year of study only. See below for details:

AS - Subject Modules (100% Coursework)

Component 1: Portfolio- 60% of AS Marks - The emphasis of this component is on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Students will produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out during the AS course.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment- 40 % of AS Marks – Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time. Question papers are provided by the exam board. They consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one and respond with their ideas.

A Level - Subject Modules (100% Coursework)

Component 1: Personal Investigation- 60% of A Level Marks - This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment- 40% of A Level Marks – Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time. Question papers are provided by the exam board. They consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one and respond with their own ideas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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