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Photography A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

Photography offers us so many ways to comment on and explore the world around us. In a world that needs images everyday studying Photography opens up lots of possibilities for you to become part of a continually expanding and changing industry, or maybe just give you the opportunity to be able to create more effective and meaningful images for yourself. Studying Photography allows you to do this without always getting messy, along with the providing you with the skills to reinvent yourself as creative individuals in a continually and rapidly changing world. If you enjoy Photography and generally being creative with your ideas you will find new opportunities to develop your skills and ideas around themes chosen by you. Photography is a relatively new form of art. It has only been with us for 200 years, so there is still plenty to explore in new and creative ways. You will certainly experience lessons that are unlike any other subject!

Course content

For A Level Photography you will produce a set of work over a period of 18 months that respond to a range of starting points which builds into a "personal investigation" of a theme that is worth 60% of your final grade. The start of course will allow you to explore a range of ways of working with photography and you will develop your skills in digital approaches as well as traditional darkroom photography.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a grade C at GCSE English Language.

Students wanting to take Photography should have a L2 qualification in Art and Design, either at least a grade C at GCSE or a BTEC certificate Merit. If they have no L2 experience students should bring a portfolio of work with them on enrolment to assess whether they can be accepted onto the course.


Coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is marked to assessment objectives very similar to art and design specifications at GCSE in that you do not receive marks for individual pieces of work but instead for how you develop your unit of work by responding to what you see other textile artists doing. In this way the unit is marked as a set of work at the end, including the final outcome. In this way it is much better to work consistently throughout the whole course and make sure all work is as complete as possible. Your work is marked each week. You cannot cram all the work in at the end of the course like revision based subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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