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Photography AS/A Level at Croesyceiliog School

Course description

The course offers students the opportunity to work in one or more areas of Photography. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas. Areas include portraiture, landscape photography, stilllife photography, documentary photography and photo journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video, television and film.

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies but most practical work will be produced through digital photography. Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non European examples. Students will produce a portfolio of work through practical and critical activities which will demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. There is no specific requirement for candidates to demonstrate drawing skills in this endorsement unless they wish to.

The ‘AS’ qualification is achieved in one year. The full ‘A’ level qualification is achieved in two years.

Course content

Work in both the portfolio and the external examination should demonstrate the student’s skills in all of the following:

  • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography
  • the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography
  • appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or ‘frozen moment’
  • the appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography
  • understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, where appropriate, presentation and layout

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 5 A* to C grades.
  • A minimum of a grade C in Maths and English

It is recommended that students have a good pass (at Grade B or above) in an art, media or design based GCSE. It is important that you have a lively imagination, an enquiring mind, a willingness to explore new ideas and techniques and be highly motivated. Students need to be aware that during the course they will be required to write a research document of at least 1000 words in good English with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar which includes accurately identified sources and bibliography.


Year 12
Unit 1
Coursework - A portfolio of work which exemplifies work carried out at AS
50% of total ‘AS’ marks
25% of total ‘A’ Level marks

Unit 2
Examination - Externally set Assignment
50% of total ‘AS’ marks
25% of total ‘A’ Level marks

Year 13
Unit 3
Coursework - Personal Investigation. Practical work supported by 1000-3000 words of critical analysis
25% of total ‘A’ Level marks

Unit 4
Externally set Assignment
25% of total ‘A’ Level marks

Future opportunities

A variety of obvious professional photographic areas and the related areas of graphic design, illustration, advertising, fashion, gallery/theatre/museum management, art therapy, teaching, publishing, media and T.V.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014

Key information

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