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Photography AS and A level at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

The course opens with a six week induction course into the basic use, operation, function and capabilities of the digital SLR camera.  Included in this are the basic skills required to cross-process images using Photoshop. 

Course content

AS Level

Term 1 – Unit 1 Practical: The Portrait

This is the first project and the first piece to be individually assessed as a piece of coursework.  It is to demonstrate your ability to take basic but engaging images and interpret them, given a theme.  Your study will include site visits, and a visit to a professional photography studio.  This work will be recorded in an A3 sketch book.  This is worth 60% of your marks.

Term 2/3 – Unit 2 Controlled Test: (8 hours)

This is worth 40% of your mark.  You will be given an exam paper with a theme that you will be expected to choose from.  You will have a number of weeks to prepare for the exam and during the exam you will be expected to process and print the pieces under exam conditions.  Past questions have included natural forms, stories and issues.  After the exam you will continue to develop your own work and perhaps diversify into subjects such as studio lighting, etc in preparation for A2 .


A2 Course

Unit 3 Coursework

At this level students are expected to develop their own work.  A written case study (2000 words) must be completed showing how the practice of other artists and photographs will influence their work in the future. 


Externally Set Assignment

Candidates are required to investigate and explore ideas, for an externally set question paper.  Produce a portfolio of work and complete a piece/s of unaided work under examination conditions, set over a twelve hour period.

(Carries 40% of total marks for A/2 level).

All work submitted for these two units will be internally marked and externally moderated.

Marks gained for AS Level will represent half of the total marks for the A Level and will be added to the marks gained at A2 level to give a total mark for the whole A Level. 

Entry requirements

Standard for all A Level Courses including a grade C in and Art related course. It may be possible to study photography without having taken an Art related GCSE course following an interview with the Head of Art. 

You will need to be prepared to spend a significant amount of time working independently to ensure that you obtain quality shots  for your portfolio. Patience and determination as well as imagination and creativity will be advantageous to students on this course. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September