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Photography A level at Friesland School

Course description

Fancy yourself as the next Rankin or Mario Testino? Have an eye for capturing a moment in time? A passion for PhotoShop and image manipulation? The commitment, perseverance and motivation to compile an awesome portfolio?

Then Photography A level could be for you! This branch of Art and Design allows you to be creative and develop skills necessary for a career in industry. It teaches you how to work independently and extends your analytical thinking. You continually have to assess your own progress and justify decisions you make together with the opinions you form. The Photography course links well with a wide range of other A Levels, such as Art, Technology, English, ICT, Business Studies and Media Studies. The course teaches you how to operate a DSLR in manual mode and an Apple Mac up to industry standard.

Course content

In the Photography A level course there are two examined components.

In Term 1 - You will be taught a wide range of technical skills and are then encouraged to develop your own strengths culminating in a series of portfolio pieces and personal sketchbooks.

In Term 2 - You create your own personal response to a chosen theme using your newly acquired skills. 

In Term 3/4 -  You will start COMPONENT 1  A Personal Investigation where you choose an idea, issue, concept or theme on which to base your work and then write a supporting study of between 1000-3000 words. This work will continue into Year 13 and is worth 60% of the overall course mark.

In Term 5/6 You will start COMPONENT 2 an externally set assignment, culminating in a 15 hour supervised examination period.  This is worth 40% of the overall course mark.

The course teaches you how to operate a DSLR in manual mode and PhotoShop on an Apple Mac up to industry standard. 

Entry requirements

B in Art at GCSE

Some students have been offered places on the course without this, dependent on an interview with Mr Tunstall, their other exam grades, commitment and a sample portfolio.

This course is ideal for students who perhaps have already specialised in Art at GCSE or Technology or ICT and who wish to take their skills to the next level.  


Future opportunities

Students who have taken Photography at Friesland achieve places on a wide range Art and Design related degree courses.

Further information

Photography is a particular strength at Friesland, often commented on by exam boards and moderators, assessing our work to be of an extremely high standard! 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years