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Photography A Level at Sandhurst School

Course description

We are fortunate enough to have a fully equipped Photography studio, in which students can work to produce professional quality photographs. Students will learn how use the equipment, processes and techniques required to achieve the best shots possible. Students, ideally need their own digital camera and knowledge of how to use this. Prior knowledge of photo manipulation would be very beneficial.

Course content

Component 1—’Personal Investigation’

Element 1—Coursework

Students are required to produce a practical portfolio, ‘Personal Investigation’ on 1 topic.

There is no restriction on the scale of work produced or the timeframe for undertaking the work but students should carefully select, organise and present work to ensure that they produce evidence of meeting all four assessment objectives.

Students will provide evidence of all the assessment objectives through the careful selection and presentation of their work as a whole.

Element 2—Essay

The aim of the related study is to enable students to develop their ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding of photography.

Component 2—Externally set task— Exam

The paper will give students a choice of seven themes, each with a choice of written and/or visual starting points, briefs or stimuli. From this paper, students are expected to choose one option for which they will generate an appropriate personal response for assessment. They will have roughly three months to investigate this theme in order to plan and develop ideas for their own response to the theme, concluding in a 15-hour supervised time period in which to complete a final piece or pieces.

Entry requirements

A GCSE in art or photography at grade 5.

Future opportunities

This course enables students to access Foundation degrees.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years