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A Level Photography at The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Course description

Photography explores the disciplines of film-based photography, digital photography, film and video. Students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual studies. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes. 

Entry requirements

GCSE English at grade C. Studying of creative subjects can be useful (eg: Art, Graphics) but is not necessary. You do need to be able to demonstrate your interest in photography and a small selection of images to be viewed as a personal portfolio may be required. 

Assessment

The AS course is broken in to two components:

Component 1 (50%) – Personal Investigation – students complete supporting studies and personal outcomes based on a range of given starting points.

Component 2 (50%) – Externally Set Assignment – students work on a broad based theme given by the exam board. Students submit preparatory studies and practical outcomes; they then have a sustained focus period of 10 hours in which students create final responses to the given theme. Represents the culmination of the AS Level course. Total marks available: 72.

The A2 course is broken in to two components:

Component 1 (60%) – Personal Investigation - set by the students themselves based on a broad starting point. The investigation and development for both the practical work and personal study will be shown through supporting studies. Part 1 is practical work that is worth 72 marks and part 2 is the personal study - a piece of written continuous prose (minimum 1000 words). This is worth 18 marks and is assessed separately. Total marks available: 90.

Component 2 (40%) – Externally Set Assignment – students work on a broad based theme given by the exam board. Student’s independence is encouraged in the development of ideas, intentions and responses. They create preparatory studies and personal outcomes; they then have a sustained focus period of 15 hours in which students create final responses to the given theme. Represents the culmination of the A Level course. Total marks available: 72.

Future opportunities

We offer AS and A Level Art and Photography. Within these courses all students are taught to experiment with a wide range of mediums, such as screen printing, stop frame animation and digital imagery using the iPads, as well as refining more traditional skills. All students complete four units of sketchbook work that result in large scale, contemporary final pieces. To inspire students, we have taken them on a number of trips such as to the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, Tate Britain and the Saatchi gallery. We have also taken students out to draw and photograph on location. We run our own scheme to help sixth form students with their applications to higher education and have existing university students come in to give talks and offer support with building visual portfolios. 

A Level Photography is an excellent course for entry into higher education, specialist colleges or employment.  The courses show that you can be creative, inspiring, practical and innovative. In recent years, students from The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls have gone onto study a wide range of courses. Recent leavers have gone on to do Art Foundation courses at Kensington and Chelsea College, Kingston University and the London College of Communication. We have also had students go straight to university degree courses such as Photography at Brighton and the University of the Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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