AS/A2 Photography at Sandringham School
Photography is a very popular choice at GCE level and students seem to enjoy most the creativity and exploration of photographic media. A range of themes is explored including; Fashion photography, landscapes and still life. We aim to equip students with an understanding and practical knowledge of photography techniques including camera controls and settings, Photoshop techniques and dark room image manipulation. The course will provide students with the opportunity to prepare a sketchbook and a portfolio of final images. Students will look at the work of photographers and will also have the opportunity to work alongside highly experienced teachers. Students are encouraged to visits areas of local beauty such as Ashridge to take photographs and also to galleries in London to develop their knowledge and understanding.
The AS is a stand-alone qualification and is assessed at the end of the year with an externally set task (internally assessed and externally moderated).
Controlled Assignment (Work leading to a 10-hour response). For this unit, students will receive an early release question paper that will enable students to develop a personal response. They will develop a sketchbook of preparatory studies and complete a final piece in exam conditions. This component will form 100% of total AS level.
The AS has been designed to be co taught alongside the first year of A level.
The A Level is made up for two components:
Component 1 (60% of overall A Level): Personal Investigation. For this unit, students must create a major project that is of personal interest and relevance. Students should work through a range of art and design experiences.
The project must include: evidence of planning and preparation, a related personal study of 3000 words, final pieces that show considered personal responses.
Component 2 (40% of overall A level): Externally set task (Work leading to a 15 hour response). For this unit, students will receive an early release question paper that will enable students to develop a personal response. They will develop a sketchbook of preparatory studies and complete a final piece in exam conditions.
B at GCSE in creative subjects
Candidates will be visually creative and imaginative and keen to develop their skills in self expression through various photographic means. They will also be keen to extend written analytical skills when looking at the work of others.
A GCSE in art or photography is beneficial but not essential as long as the candidate can demonstrate visually expressive abilities and skills of analysis.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandringham School directly.