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Photography AS A2 at Ashlawn School

Course description

Course Description

The Photography course is an endorsement under the Art and Design A level. It requires students to produce practical and contextual work based around themes set by the centre. They will be able to explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You will study both traditional and new technologies, presenting both the process and product. Students will use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work.


Course Content -AS

Candidates study 2 units (equal worth) one portfolio and one exam unit. For the exam, candidates choose one of a selection of assignments and produce preliminary work over a set period and at the end of this period students complete a final piece unaided and in controlled conditions.

Candidates will produce a portfolio of photography supported by journals which explore themes and ideas as well as final photographic final pieces.


Course Content -A2

Students complete 2 units (equal worth) one personal investigation and one exam unit

Candidates develop work through a personal investigation in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme. Exam unit is identical to that outlined for the AS above.



AS - 50% Coursework, 50% Exam

A2 - 50% Coursework, 50% Exam


Career Opportunities

Graduates tend to go onto either foundation courses at Further Education or direct entry to university. It is considered valuable to a wide range of careers within the art world as well as media and journalism based courses.


Entry Requirements

Minimum GCSE Grade B in Art or an interview with Mrs Grover following completion of another art based course (e.g. fashion, textiles etc.)



How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September