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Photography A Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

A Level Photography is a creative and practical course which combines the technical aspects of digital image making with the aesthetic qualities of images. As you develop an understanding of the language of photography, you’ll learn to express your ideas through this medium, critique other photographers’ work and realise your own art.

The course promotes extensive personal exploration, analysis, experimentation and expression through a series of tutor-assisted tasks and responses to both internally and externally-set themes.

You will document all of this in sketchbooks that will be submitted at the end of each unit. These will contain sustained investigations which demonstrate the origin and full development of your ideas, alongside examples and explanations of processes and techniques undertaken during your study.

You will also be required to document historical, contemporary and cultural influences on your work, along with any relevant visits to photography exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

Upon completion of the course, you can expect to have a deeper understanding of the visual world across different times and cultures, whilst being introduced to the diverse roles and functions of photography in modern life.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN

This subject requires an average GCSE points score of 4.8 points.


Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to.

Further information

Successful completion of a two-year A Level course can lead to university, higher education or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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