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Photography AS/A2 Level at Baysgarth School

Course description

Teaching throughout the course will be geared towards your individual needs.

Work may be as an individual, pairs or as a group. You will be given 4 timetabled hours but will also be expected to put in two extra hours in school time and two hours minimum of homework per week. You will experience a wide range of techniques and activities. You will demonstrate an understanding of the production of still images by relevant digital techniques.

Students should demonstrate the following:

  • A range of approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination.
  • An understanding of conventions and genres, such as figurative, abstract and symbolic.
  • A range of techniques such as painting, printing, and photography.
  • An understanding of formal elements such as colour, tone, texture, shape and form

Course content

Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio

Students work on two major projects: Identity and Human Condition.

Students must:

  • Record direct observation from primary sources.
  • Develop ideas and techniques and produce work that constitutes a personal, informed and meaningful response.
  • Learn to analyse both their own work and the work of others in contemporary, historical and cultural contexts.
Unit 2: Controlled Assignment
  • Students select one starting point from an early release question paper.
  • Students are to be given a minimum of three weeks at least in which to plan and prepare.
  • Students are then given five hours of controlled time to work on developing their ideas to an outcome.

For this unit, an early release question paper will be dispatched to centres. This paper is to be given to candidates. From this paper, candidates are expected to choose one starting point from which they will generate appropriate work.


There are 2 further units at A2 level.

Entry requirements



Coursework and controlled assignments.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years