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Photography AS/A2 at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

You probably carry a mega-pixel camera with you every day, in your pocket, but most people use this amazing technology simply to take selfies.

Despite its apparent disposability, photography is one of the most ubiquitous and effective communication methods in the twenty-first century. It can be used to convey artistic meaning, to document events, or to help make scientific discoveries. This course will help you to harness the power of this medium and create meaningful images.

Course content

AS course content

The course will start with a basic skills programme. Using traditional film SLRs and digital SLRs, you’ll learn how to control your image-taking using shutter speeds, apertures and film speeds. You’ll use studio lighting, and learn how to manipulate your images in the darkroom and using Adobe Photoshop. The next phase of the course will see you taking photographs in a variety of environments, before you select your own project for the final section of the course. You will be expected to create work for an exhibition, and present that work professionally.

A level course content

You will negotiate your own coursework project that will take you from September to February. You will set yourself a question to explore photographically, experimenting widely at the start of the project, then gradually refining your ideas. At three points during this phase of the course, you will present your work to your class, explaining your research and your thinking. At the end you will present work for exhibition.

From February to May you will work on your exam / externally set assignment. You will choose one from a range of titles set by the exam board, and then follow a similar process to the coursework project: experimenting, refining and creating work for an exhibition.

Entry requirements

Standard requirements


AS – year 12, 100% coursework (Personal Creative Enquiry)

A level - Year 13, 60% coursework (Personal Investigation)

40% exam (Externally Set Assignment) from a paper issued in February. Students will have three months to experiment and plan (the preparatory study period), followed by 15 hours under exam conditions (sustained focused work) to create the final piece.

Future opportunities

After completing your A Level, you could choose to study Photography at university, with some courses specialising in different aspects of the subject – photojournalism, documentary photography, photographic art, forensic photography and scientific photography amongst others.

Alternatively, you could go straight into employment or self-employment; for example, as an assistant to a professional photographer, learning on the job. Photography can also form a part of other careers, such as journalism, film-making and graphic design.

Further information

The course is based on practical work. Throughout the course, you will undertake a series of practical exercises, which will then be evidenced in a sketchbook, including annotations that explain your thinking.

There is no exam in the first year of the course. The second year includes both coursework and a practical exam.

This course CANNOT be taken in conjunction with Moving Image, as it is the same final award.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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