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Photography A Level at Thomas Tallis School

Course description

Photography is a learning to look course. Photographers notice things. They are attuned to the ‘marvellous in the everyday’ and use photographic tools to capture and record the way the world looks when you photograph it. A level photography will help you to learn to appreciate what Walker Evans called “swift chance, disarray, wonder and experiment” and will, consequently, enhance your life. Given our history of outstanding results, you’ll probably also end up with an impressive A level result and a portfolio of note.

On this course you will develop:
- the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern, focus, light and texture in the context of photography
- awareness of intended audience or purpose for your chosen area(s) of photography
- the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in photography
- appreciation of viewpoint, composition, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement
- appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in your chosen area(s) of photography
- understanding of techniques related to the production of photographic images and, where appropriate, presentation and layout.

You must show knowledge and understanding of:
- relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
- how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in your chosen area(s) of photography
- historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
- how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical
- contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
- continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to photography
- a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to your chosen area(s) of photography

Course content

We have decided to teach only the two year, linear A level course. We will not be offering an AS qualifi- cation at the end of Year 12. We believe that completing the two year course, and being assessed at the end, will both enhance your chance of success and improve your understanding of photography.

Component 1:
Personal investigation
60% of A Level
No time limit (96 marks)

Component 2: E
xternally set assignment
40% of A Level
Supervised time 15 hours (96 marks)


AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Tallis School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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