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Photography AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

Photography will develop your ability to see the world in a different light; identifying the unusual in the mundane; developing your technical and creative skills through personal investigation; delving into the work and ethos of other Photographers Artists and Designers to enhance your creative growth. This is an exciting and creative course that uses Photoshop technology to its maximum capability.

Course content

Assessment as an AS Course

Year 1

Personal Investigaion

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Students must work within one of the following titles: • Film-based photography • Digital photography • Film and video.

Assessment Information

50% of total qualification

Externally Set Assignment

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme.

Assessment Information

50% of total qualification

Assessment as an A2 Course

Year 1

Personal Investigaion

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Students must work within one of the following titles: • Film-based photography • Digital photography • Film and video.

Assessment Information

40% of total qualification

Year 2

Externally Set Assignment

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme during a 15 hour exam.

Assessment Information

60% of total qualification

Entry requirements

A* - C in GCSE Photography

Assessment

See Course Content for full assessment information.

Financial information

Please note; in order to facilitate this course and to allow students to explore the full range of materials, media and processes available, we are requesting a £28 course fee for each year the students study.

Future opportunities

Art foundation course, Photography or Art related degree level and careers in Fine art, Commercial photography, Fashion, Photography, Reportage, Studio and documentary photography.

Further information

The course combines well with AS and A2 level in Art, Graphic Products, Media Studies, History and BTEC Art and Design.

Student Views

‘A Level photography allows you to explore the subject in any way you want. Your ideas progress and develop into something that is creative, original and unique.’ Nick Dibble Year 12

"A level Photography is so relaxed; it's nice to be able to just walk into lesson, sit down and get on with your own work without the hassle of notes or folders. There's a lot more freedom to research photographers and artists more suited to your style of work, so everything you create is completely your own." J Tompsett

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: Edexcel 8PY0 / 02
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address:
    • hholmes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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