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Photography A Level at Burlington Danes Academy

Course description

Students will cover a range of different topics relating to Photography and will have the chance to specialise in their chosen media. These will include the following:

· Traditional (Film) Photography

· Digital Photography

· Photo manipulation in Photoshop

 · Animation / Moving image

 · Experimental and abstract photography

· Studio photography

Entry requirements

·At least 6 A*-B grades at GCSE including English and Maths (grades 5 and above).

· Students on this pathway will take 3 A' levels, studying linear courses for 2 years.

· Students need to achieve at least a B at GCSE in their chosen A' Level subjects, or closely related subjects (e.g. English and Science grades are used for Psychology entry. See subject-specific entry requirements)

 · Minimum of 4 B grades required not including BTEC or vocational equivalents

Key skills required to complete this course

An enjoyment for experiencing and creating photography

Creativity and imagination

Good analytical and compositional skills

Ability to plan and make best use of time Ability to adapt to working in new ways and with new techniques


Component 1: Personal Investigation (July - end of January) No Time Limit – 60% A Level Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (February - May) Preparatory Period + Supervised time 15 hours – 40% A Level

A more personal project created in response to a brief chosen from 8 the exam board will give you. 

Future opportunities

This course will provide you with a creative base after which you can go onto an Undergraduate or Foundation course in Art, Photography, Animation and/or Film. It also allows you onto a range of creative degree courses as varied as Journalism and Advertising, Product Design or Publicity. If you are taking two science/humanities, taking A-Level Photography alongside is an excellent way to present yourself as an interesting and diversely talented student/applicant.

Further information

Key tips for success

Success depends on students working independently on their sketchbooks at home and willing to find interesting places to do a photo-shoot. Students should also want to find out about other photographers and visit exhibitions. All deadlines must be met and every task fully completed to ensure the whole portfolio addresses all the Assessment Objectives.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burlington Danes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016
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