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As and A2 Level Art & Design Photography at The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College

Course description

AS level
Unit 1: Portfolio
The portfolio is worth 50% of total mark at AS
The portfolio is worth 25% of total mark at A2
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment
This assignment is worth 50% of total mark at AS
This assignment is worth 25% of total mark at A2
Delivered through four Assessment Objectives, this
new and very relevant course will allow
students to produce practical and contextual /
critical work in a range of lens based media.
Students will have the opportunity to work with a
variety of Photographic and Image manipulation
processes using the camera, Photoshop, video and
Animation programs.
A2 level
Unit 3: Personal Investigation:
A Practical Photographic unit supported by 1000-
3000 words.
Worth 25% of total mark
Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment
Worth 25% of total mark
Is there anything else I need to know about
the course?
During the course students will have the
opportunity to explore lens based media
creatively looking at themes such as:
- Portraiture
- Landscape
- Still-Life
- Photo Journalism
- Experimental imagery
- Photographic Installation with film; video or
still images.
There will be a significant element of
independent work which is inherent in the
discipline e.g. during photo-shoots and editing,
consequently photography students will be
expected to commit a proportion of their
non-contact time to private studio work.

Entry requirements

Your GCSE results are very important. Not only do you need good results to come into Sixth Form, they
are also the first thing that an employer or University Admissions Tutor will look at on your application
We expect applicants to Sixth Form intending to study Advanced courses to have a minimum of 5
grades A*-C on their GCSE certificate. You should be aiming for high grades in those subjects you are
choosing at AS level, with Grade B or above. If you did not have the opportunity to study this subject
previously, the teacher will look at your performance in related subjects.
If your certificate is mostly As and Bs you will cope very well with 4 AS levels leading to 3 A2 levels. If it
is mostly Cs you must think carefully: it would be better to do 3.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years