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Photography A Level at Brimsham Green 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.


Course content

The following assessment objectives will be used to 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.

Entry requirements

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.

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 Brimsham Green School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

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      Through this partnership we are able to offer a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications, enabling students to select the courses which meet their needs and interests.

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      Our sixth form collaboration ensures a personalised programme of support so that all young people can achieve their very best, in an environment where aspirations are high, levels of care, support and guidance are second to none and where excellence thrives.