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Photography A Level at Monkseaton High School

Course description

Students will be introduced to a wide range of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes.

They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies within their experimentation which will lead to innovative and exciting personalised outcomes. 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. Their responses to these examples would be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Key Skills

  • 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.

Course content

Common starting themes:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • Still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world
  • Documentary photography, photo journalism
  • Experimental imagery
  • Photographic installation, video, tv and film.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE. Students should also have a C grade or above in a creative or practical subject.


AS Level - 100% Exam

A Level - 60% Coursework 40% Exam

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years