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Photography A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

The GCE in Photography has been designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to photography. Successful students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary photography practice and be able to produce photographs that embrace a range of ideas.

In particular, the aims of the GCE qualifications in Photography are to develop: intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers, investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement, an understanding of the interrelationships between art and design and photography and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate, knowledge and understanding of photography in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.

Course content

AS

Component 1: Personal Investigation (50%)
- From personal starting points
- Students submit: Supporting studies Personal outcomes

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (50%)
- Externally set, broad based theme released to teachers on January 1st
- Sustained focus period of 10 hours controlled assessment in which students create final responses to the theme
- Students submit Preparatory studies Personal outcomes

A2

Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)

Part 1 : Practical Work
- from personal starting points
- Students submit: Supporting studies Personal outcomes

Part 2 : Personal Study
- Students submit a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

- Externally set, broad based theme released to teachers on February 1st
- Sustained focus period of 16 hours controlled assessment in which students create final responses to the theme
- Students submit Preparatory studies Personal outcomes

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A*-C. A background in Art is helpful but not essential. Students will be set an entry brief to check suitability for the course.

Future opportunities

Students who wish to undertake further studies in photography, usually at Art College or further education.
Students who are looking to take up careers for which an art background is relevant. These might include photography, advertising, journalism, publishing, architecture, museums, theatre or art gallery work.
Students who have an interest in and aptitude for the subject, but who do not intend to take the subject beyond this level.

There are many careers in photography. Most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university. If you are unsure about whether to make a career of the subject, the best thing to do is to speak to your art teacher who will know about the courses on offer in your area or elsewhere.
At present most students wishing to take photography further will go on to do a one year ‘Foundation’ course at an art college or college of further education before applying to degree courses in more specialist areas of art and design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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