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Art & Design Photography AS/A Level (AQA) at Benton Park School

Course description

The Photography course follows a more specialised study than Art & Design and will encourage the same responses. Work produced on this course will demonstrate the use of creative skills to develop individual thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas. Students will be trying to extend their own and others’ ways of seeing the world. Students will learn traditional skills but they will also combine this with the use of alternative media.

Course content

You will develop:

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical, and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgment
  • An understanding of the inter-relationships between art, craft and design and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures

Entry requirements

Access to the Sixth Form is based on prior academic achievement, behaviour and attendance records. Students must attain at least five grades of a 5 or above including English and Maths. Some subjects may have specific criteria.


During Year 12 students will develop a portfolio of skills. The emphasis of this year will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Students should also present at least one extended collection of work or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation.

Towards the end of Year12 students begin component 1—here you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total
A-level marks. In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which will count for 40% of your total
A-level marks.


Future opportunities

Photography offers many opportunities to progress. These include, but are not limited to:

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Higher Education Employment.

Although the subject prepares students for the creative industries very well, it also enables them to develop the critical skills needed for a variety of other industries such as marketing, advertising, technical support, and rehabilitation and therapeutic services to name a few.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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