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Photography A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

Students will develop skills to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example portraiture, still life photography, documentary photography, fashion photography and experimental imagery.

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes and will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. Throughout the course students will explore a variety of photographic styles and genres.

The students will complete 2 Components per year of the course. Component 2 and 3 are set by the exam board as externally set assignments where the students work on a theme for a period of time and then complete controlled assessment on their work.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths. Plus C in Art/D&T or Portfolio


The following assessment objectives will be measure the students achievement:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
  • AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Future opportunities

Photography is a valid choice in combination with any other A level for nearly all university degree courses. A level Photography is particularly useful if you wish to study Photography, Film Video Production, Art & Design or Media at HND/Degree or for those wishing to do an Art Foundation course. It is possible to go directly into employment following this course as a photographer or editorial assistant on a magazine.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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