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Photography A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

On this course you will be able to discover where your interest lies within the broad spectrum of photographic styles and techniques. Student work is considered outstanding by Ofsted who said that "Paston students produce creative and often ambitious pieces of work."

At the end of the course you get to exhibit your work in the Paston Art Show in a professional gallery setting. This is an opportunity for students and parents to come along and view the exhibition of students' work.

Course content

This course aims to provide the range of skills and creative opportunities that can be applied to certain areas of professional practice and further study at degree level. 
Elements of the course cover in depth exploration of important techniques from studio lighting, with sophisticated use of digital editing in Photoshop and darkroom enlargements using film, to vintage processes such as Salt Print, and the use of large format cameras, that give students the potential to understand and be confident in areas across the history of photography and relate to influential work done by past and contemporary photographers.

Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including English Language, Art/Photography and either Mathematics or a science. 

There are access arrangements for students who have not studied Art/Photography at GCSE, please contact the College for more information.


AS Level

Component 1: 50% of total AS qualification. Supporting studies and practical work 
Component 2: 50% of total AS qualification. Preparatory studies and the 10 hour period of (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).

This will lead to an AS qualification. 

A2 Level

Component 1. Personal Investigation. 60% of total qualification. This incorporates 3 elements; supporting studies, practical work and a personal study (1,000 word essay.)

Component 2. Externally Set Assignment. 40% of total qualification. This incorporates 2 elements; preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).

Further information

Photography is taught in completely refurbished studios, completed in 2015, with access to great resources such as a newly built darkroom, enabling us to keep alive darkroom processes that still have real importance in the work of contemporary photographers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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