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Photography A level at Midhurst-Rother College

Course description

Why study Photography?
You will be introduced to a variety of experiences which will help you explore a range of photographic techniques. Therefore, you will learn how to use the camera properly, measure light and control exposure. You will also learn about composition and various photographic techniques such as developing and printing your own photos, studio photography as well as basic and advanced Photoshop skills.

Course content

Component 1:
Personal investigation
No time limit

96 marks 60% of A-level

Component 2:
Externally set assignment Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time

96 marks 40% of A-level

*Both components are Non-exam assessment set by the exam board, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.

Entry requirements

Anyone intending to take Photography at A level will normally be expected to have achieved 6 GCSEs at grade 5 or above.


Candidates studying Photography will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen areas of study. Candidates are required to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths in the subject and identifying and sustaining their own lines of enquiry.

Students will need to be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. The assessments will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

 AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

 AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

 AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

 AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Midhurst-Rother College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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