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Photography A Level at Poole High School

Course description

By studying A-Level Photography at Poole High School you will learn the technical skills required to produce photographs to a high standard.  You will also develop the knowledge and understanding required to enable you to construct images with visual meaning and the power to communicate your ideas about the world. You will learn about the history of photography and the ways in which this art form has contributed to our visual culture. On this course you will learn how to develop and explore your ideas through observations of the world around you, experiment with a range of techniques and processes and respond to the work of others.  A level Photography will deepen your appreciation of the visual world and help you to achieve the technical skills to respond to it in a creative way.  

Course content

Unit 1: (AS) Portfolio of Work. This will include a range of personal work that has been carried out in response to a theme. The student will also select a representative body of work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have acquired.

Unit 2: (AS) Externally Set Assignment. In this unit the students will choose from one of 5 starting points from a paper published by AQA. After a period of preparation time, the students are given 10 hours supervised time to produce a personal and creative photographic outcome to their chosen question. 

Unit 3: (A2) Personal Investigation. This unit is an opportunity for the student to carry out their own research into an area of photography that is of interest to them. This unit also involves the production of a written submission of between 1000 and 3000 words that clarifies the theme of the investigation.

Unit 4: (A2) Externally Set Assignment. This is similar to unit 2 at AS but this time there are 8 starting points and the final the supervised time in which the candidates produce their final response in 15 hours.  


Which students do well at A-Level Photography?


•       …those who enjoy recording their world and ideas through digital and traditional photography

•       …those who enjoy constructing and manipulating imagery to create meaning for themselves and others.

•       …those who are visually curious and can think creatively

•       …those who are fascinated by the window of understanding that photography opens upon culture, history and society. 

Entry requirements

  • 5 A*-C GCSEs 


Unit 1 makes up 60% of the overall AS grade with Unit 2 completing the remaining 40%.

At A2, Unit 3 is worth 60% of the entire A2 grade and with unit 4 making up the remaining 40%. 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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