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Photography A Level at The Whitstable School

Course description

It may be easy to take a photograph, you may have taken several today already, but it is a highly valued skill to be able to harness photography to communicate messages, feelings, and ideas. The world is addicted to an almost constant flow of visual traffic. Companies need photographers to tell their story just as cultures need photographers to tell theirs. Now, more than ever there is a huge market for photography.


A Level Photography aims to embrace different styles and interests giving students freedom to explore photographs through a range of innovative techniques and processes. Students will take part in a series of exciting workshops before going on to develop highly personal investigations that draw together their visual and analytical understanding.

Course content

Unit 1 – Non exam Portfolio - The personal investigation. 60%, internally and externally assessed. Work is based on a chosen theme and requires research on related artists, sketchbook work, preparatory studies and final work. Students also submit an essay (1000 -3000 words) based on contextual studies related to their practical project.

Unit 2 – Externally set controlled test. 40%, internally and externally assessed. The controlled test consists of a range of questions to be used as starting points. The timed element of the unit (15 hours) must be unaided, however the question paper is worked on in lessons to produce developmental work leading up to the practical exam.



Further information

 Please speak to Mrs Connell,Curriculum Leader for Visual

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years