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Photography at Sprowston Community High School

Course description

This A Level comprises the study of a variety of approaches including black & white photography, film-making and animation as well as digital photography.

THE COURSE At AS Level, students complete two units of work: coursework (60%) and an externally set practical exam.

Within the coursework unit there are a number of projects:


* ‘Understanding & Reading Images’ leads to an extended essay as the outcome.

* ‘Changing Landscapes’ reflects on the depiction of urban and coastal landscapes and includes a field trip to Wells.

* ‘Portraiture and Film Noir’ explores the exploration of the portrait through studio and darkroom use.

* The Commercial Photography unit gives students a choice of brief to explore. At A2, students complete two major units of study:

* ‘Aesthetic Expression’ is about developing a portfolio of original work, each derived from an original brief negotiated with your photography tutor.

* The ‘Personal study’ is an independent, investigation into a technique, practice or genre within the field of photography and lens based media. It must include 3,000 words of incisive and personal analysis.

Throughout the course students will build a personal record of their experiences, ideas, information and insights as they explore in depth all aspects of photography, for most students this takes the form of a series of sketchbooks although some students prefer to use digital, virtual, on-line processes such as blogs or web-sites.

Entry requirements

To study A Level courses you will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSE Grades A*-C in full courses including either English or Maths. C grade or higher in GCSE English Language. C grade or higher in a creative subject: Art, Photography or Graphics. Students without a C in a creative subject will be interviewed by the Head of Photography in addition to the Head of Sixth Form.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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