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Photography A Level at Cowley International College

Course description

The Photography A-level course is available in two sections
which students can choose from: AS is a 1 year course and is
available to students who want to access the subject without
going through the full A-level course. The full 2 year A-level is
also available. All students will produce an extensive and
personal portfolio of work which will enable them to
progress onto Higher Education.

In each course of study, all students will explore how
photography is used to convey messages and meaning, and
to record evocative moments. Students will research and
explore traditional and digital photography. Work will form
a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the
selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ
creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and
recording. A camera and an inquisitive nature are essential
for this course.

Course content

Areas which are explored include:
• Using photography to record personal experiences,
ideas, information and insights appropriate to intentions
• Analysis and critical evaluation of photographic images
to demonstrate an understanding of purposes, meanings
and contexts
• Researching and understanding different genres, styles
and traditions of photography
• Using a variety of equipment and techniques
• Developing contextual references to the work of
others. In particular, students will be expected to
develop knowledge and understanding of:
– Use of light
– Understanding film types, film speeds, grain of
film stock and other specialised films which will
facilitate the processes of generating and
developing ideas
– Understanding and employing view points,
composition and depth of field
– Experimenting with manipulation of the image
through electronic and mechanical means including
computer, scanners and photocopiers

Entry requirements

Students will only be considered if they have achieved a
Grade B at GCSE Art or a related subject, i.e. Graphics or

Students do not need to have any previous experience of
photography to study this subject, but a strong interest in the
subject is essential, as is a grade C (grade 5) in Mathematics
and English. Students will need to work hard to develop
technical skills and spend time researching projects,
alongside the more practical elements of the course.

Future opportunities

Students could go on to Higher Education to study
photography, film or animation at university and colleges in
the UK and abroad. Alternatively, work from AS and A2
photography portfolios could be used as part of the
application process to art and/or design courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 February 2017

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