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A-level Photography at College of West Anglia

Course description

A-level Photography will enable you to explore a variety of approaches to photography.You will develop an appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination, alongside an awareness of intended audience or purpose of images.Taught in our outstanding photography suites, with dark rooms and photo studios, you will gain an appreciation of different ways of working, such as installation, portraiture, landscape, documentary and fashion, gaining an understanding of how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images.Upon completing the course, you will have knowledge and understanding of the work of others, historical and contemporary developments, different styles, movements and genres and a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to the photography industry.

Entry requirements

You will need 6 or more GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English language and maths, and grade 6 and above in your chosen subjects (where possible).


Year 1 Component 1: Portfolio Course work. 60% of marks Component 2: Externally Assessed Assignment Course work including 10 hours under exam conditions. 40% of marks. Year 2 Component 1: Personal Investigation Course work including written project. 60% of marks Component 2: Externally Set Assignment Course work including 15 hours under exam conditions. 40% of marks. Early on in the course there will be group practical sessions that focus on developing a range of skills and techniques using a wide variety of media. Alongside development of practical skills there will also be a focus on developing ideas and concepts. As the course progresses you will have the opportunity to develop projects in a more personal direction. This developing work will be supported both by one-to-one tuition and group discussion and delivery. Tutor led group and individual discussion will introduce you to a wide range of artists, artworks and ideas relevant to practical project work. At this level an intellectual engagement with the work and ideas of others is essential. Contextual studies will be mainly evidenced in sketchbooks although you will need to complete a more formal written project in the second year of the course.

Financial information

If you are under 19 on 31st August in the year you begin your programme, you will not have to pay a course fee; however, there may be additional resources fees and fees for materials, kits and trips. Please visit our website for full details.

Further information

Please visit the CWA website for further information.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2018
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