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Photography AS Level at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description

The course aims at both AS and A-Level to develop: Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgements.

Knowledge and understanding of Photography in contemporary society and in other times and cultures. An awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of Photography.

Course content

First six weeks skills development through a series of short workshop based tasks investigating different aspects of photography. Additionally students recap Aperture priority and Shutter priority modes and learn skills required to move towards shooting in Manual mode.

A coursework unit consisting of a final piece or pieces accompanied by preliminary/
supporting studies. Students further extend one area of focus from workshop tasks and develop this as a complete project. Students will develop personal ideas linking
to the theme and the exploration of related Photographers; leading onto design developments and the final piece/s.

Component 2: Externally set Assignment

Candidates select one starting point from five set by the examining body AQA. Preparatory work begins as soon as possible after 1st February. Students will develop
personal ideas linking to this starting point and the exploration of related Photographers. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of
unaided, supervised time and must produce a finished outcome or series of related
finished outcomes informed by their preparatory work.

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths. Specific entry requirements: Grade 4 in GCSE art or photography. Students who did not do art or photography at GCSE will be required to present a Portfolio of work to the Head of Department.


Component 1: Portfolio
No time limit
96 marks
60% of AS

Component 2: Externally set Assignment
Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time
96 marks
40% of AS

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilkley Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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