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Photography, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

You will enjoy Photography if you have a creative eye and are interested in experimenting with and exploring photography techniques, alongside learning what makes a photograph successful in visual terms. On the course, you will learn about photography in different contexts with themes of work including People, Places, Abstraction and Architecture. You will be taught how to use Digital SLR cameras to create innovative photographs and also how Adobe Photoshop can be used to enhance images further. Projects will allow you to explore ideas through a thorough design process and you will be introduced a variety of existing photography work to inspire and inform your own creative development.

You’ll have the opportunity to go on a range of trips. For example past students have been on a residential to Paris and Barcelona, and visited galleries in London and Manchester, to give opportunities to experience the art and culture offered in the cities and the chance to take photographs in different locations. There are also visits to the Pre-degree Foundation course at The Oldham College and the Pre-degree Foundation and degree shows at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Course content

Year 1

Component 1: Producing a project on a given theme by working through a design process. This involves visual research, exploring ideas through a range of digital and manual techniques and producing a series of responses, whilst also investigating the work of other photographers.

Component 2: A range of questions are provided by the exam board and students choose one question to work through, further developing the skills acquired throughout the course in a more individual and independent manner. The final responses are produced in fifteen hours of supervised time.

Year 2

Component 1: This is a Personal Investigation based on an idea, concept or theme. Alongside working through the design process - researching, exploring ideas and techniques, and producing a series of responses - the project also needs to be supported by a written element.

Component 2: A range of questions are provided by the exam board and students choose one question to work through, further developing the skills acquired throughout the course in a more individual and independent manner. The final responses are produced in fifteen hours of supervised time.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at www.osfc.ac.uk

Assessment

100% coursework

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please visitwww.osfc.ac.uk/support/bursary/.

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • The University of Salford - Photography
  • MMU - Multimedia Journalism
  • University of Huddersfield - Fashion Design with Textiles
  • University of Leeds - Graphic and Communication Design
  • Nottingham Trent University - Fashion Marketing and Branding

Careers Destinations

  • Photographer
  • Press Photographer
  • Television/Film/Video
  • Producer
  • Digital Editing
  • Photographic Stylist
  • Photojournalism

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Fine Art
  • 3D Design
  • Textile Design
  • Media Studies
  • Graphic Design

And any other subject to add breadth to a programme.

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: 01 October 2018
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