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Photography (Lens and light based media) A Level at Congleton High School

Course description

Are you creative, artistic and wishing to explore photography and computermanipulated imagery? Do you experiment with both traditional aspects of photography and develop your images inventively by manipulation using Photoshop? Are you an amateur photographer and regularly take your own photographs?

If you enjoyed GCSE Art and Design or Media, then this is an opportunity to develop your creativity and skills further by taking A Level Digital Photography.

Skills developed include -The ability to plan and organise your time effectively

-The ability to research, analyse and solve problems

- Knowledge and understanding of digital SLR cameras

-The understanding of a creative design process

-The ability to present work in a professional high quality way

-Your ability to use verbal, written and ICT communication skills.

Digital Photography develops your creativity, which is desired by future employers in any industry. You will also be learning new techniques that are relevant to your theme or chosen way of working.


Course content

The course is similar to GCSE Art and Design in terms of the four marking criteria, but requires a greater depth, commitment and understanding of digital photography. Through developing traditional photographic techniques, researching photographers/ digital artists and experimenting with image manipulation, students will produce work in response to a starting theme.

The course is made up of two units in Year 12 and a further two units in Year 13.
Year 12
- Unit 1 (practical assignment)
- Unit 2 (practical assignment)
Year 13
- Unit 3 (a practical annotated assignment with 3000 word conclusion)
- Unit 4 (an external assignment with a 12 hour timed piece under examination conditions).

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you have GCSE Grade B Art and Design.


You will be encouraged through the provision of a supportive environment that is sensitive to your individual needs and be helped to prepare for progression to Advanced.
You should expect:
- Independent research
- Practical, theoretical and technical tuition
- Individual support, guidance and feedback on progress
- Lectures and discussion
- Trips and visits to galleries.

Assessment includes one formal examination per year.Assessment includes one formal examination per year

Future opportunities

There are many careers and further education courses in design that can be accessed through Digital Photography. In an increasingly technological and digital world, areas such as Visual Communication, Graphics, Illustration, Web based design, Advertising, Animation, Media, Film, Architecture, Digital Art, Fashion photography, Journalism and Product Design are all possible as career progression.

In addition, the qualification can be used to support application to university to study a wide range of other subjects outside Digital Photography.

Further information

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College. This course would go very well a longside A Level Art and Design. It would also complement subjects such as Textiles, Media Studies, ICT, English, History, Psychology, Geography and Chemistry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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