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Photography A level at Valentines High School

Course description

The course is composed of two units.

Unit 1 is a Practical Project and written Personal Study which involves exploring a theme through research and recording from selected primary sources. The written Personal Study is an illustrated dissertation of 1000 to 3000 words on selected aspects of the work of different Photographers.

Unit 2 is the externally set examination which involves demonstrating visual language skills in the same way as for AS.

Both units require technical and digital skills and a clear understanding of image manipulation which is taught and built upon during the course. Skills include studio lighting, depth of field, exposure, macro photography, digital manipulation in Photoshop and Cyanotype photography.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Art and Design.


Unit 1 - the coursework unit contributes 60% to the overall A level.

Unit 2 - the externally set assignment contributes 40% to the overall A level. Both units are assessed by an external moderator.

Future opportunities

There are many careers in Photography. Most require further study at an art college, further education or university. At present most students wishing to continue their studies go on to do a one year foundation course at Art College or apply straight to degree courses in more specialist areas of Photography. Careers that require you to have studied Photography are advertising, graphic design, journalism, film and media, Fashion Photography and Criminology and Forensic Photography.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years