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A-level Photography at Northfleet School for Girls

Course description

The course is for those who are
creative with ideas, enjoys taking
risks with materials, techniques and
processes, has a keen eye for detail
and is able to refine their work to
move forwards. They will enjoy
working creatively with a range of
media. Students will be interested in
other artwork. They will need to be
hard working, motivated, and good
with managing time and deadlines.

Course content

UNIT 1: Coursework, is 50% of
AS Level and 25% of A Level.
Students will explore the theme
of ‘Structures’ in a variety of
photographic media and materials,
while observing and understanding
other artists work. They will
learn about dark room and digital
photography. This will lead them
into researching, designing and
creating their own photographic
artwork under the broad theme
‘Structures’ in a material of their
choice. This whole project will form
their coursework for ‘UNIT 1’.
UNIT 2: Externally set exam, is 50%
of AS Level and 25% of A Level.
This is similar to the coursework.
The exam board will send through
a few themes to choose from, your
teacher will guide and support you
through your decisions. Once you
choose a theme, you will produce
artist research, experiments and
relevant written work to support
your understanding of the theme.
This will lead to planning. The
final outcome will be produced
in exam conditions within an art
environment.
UNIT 3: Personal Investigation,
is 25% of A Level. Students will
explore a theme of their own choice
in a variety of media and materials,
while observing and understanding
other artists work. Personal
investigation supported by written
element of 1000-3000 words. This
will lead them into researching,
designing and creating their own
artwork under the broad theme of
their own choice in a material of
their choice. This whole project will
form their coursework for ‘UNIT 3’.
 
UNIT 4: Externally set exam, is
25% of A Level. This is similar to
the coursework. The exam board
will send through a few themes
to choose from, your teacher will
guide and support you through
your decisions. Once you choose
a theme, you will produce artist
research, experiments and relevant
written work to support your
understanding of the theme.
This will lead to planning. The
final outcome will be produced
in exam conditions within an art
environment.

Entry requirements

No previous photography
experience necessary
but a portfolio to show
commitment to the subject
will need to be presented.

Assessment

Unit 1: Coursework, 50%
Unit 2: Exam, 50%
Assessed by teachers, moderated
by AQA.

Future opportunities

Progress onto a foundation course/
degree depending on aspirations.
Progress onto many creative
careers, for example, graphic
designer, web designer,
photographer, photo journalist, and
many more.

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: 15 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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