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Photography Lens & Light Based Media - AS and A Levels at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • This course incorporates analogue and digital methods of image-making, and experimental techniques including historical printing techniques such as Lumen and Anthotype printing.
  • Industry standard software - predominantly Photoshop and Bridge - is taught throughout the course.
  • Students would be expected to cover some or all of these specific image generation and production processes related to Photographic art through observation, recording and experimentation.
  • Historical and contextual studies is also an important part of the course and students will be encouraged to apply relevant theory to their own developing practice.

Course content

The course enables students to develop their technical and conceptual skills in Photography through a balanced mix of practical workshops and theoretical study.  The subject is delivered through projects and controlled tasks, with any written work integrated with practical work to give more relevance, breadth and depth to the experience. Much of the work will be practical and is likely to involve classroom, studio and location work.

Entry requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language. Those wishing to study Photography should have a grade C or above in a related subject, for example Art and Design, and/or a portfolio of work. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Faculty.


AS Photography has two units: Coursework Portfolio worth 120 marks, Controlled Assignment worth 80 marks.

A2 Photography has two units; Personal investigation course work unit worth 120 marks, Controlled Assignment worth 80marks. 

Future opportunities

A Levels provide an excellent basis for progression to Higher level qualifications such as degrees or Higher National Diplomas. A Level Photography can lead to a wide range of occupations including Photojournalism, fine art photography or commercial photography such as advertising.  Studying photography at A-Level can also lead to careers in TV or film and can provide many transferable skills valuable in other careers such as entrepeneurship, self-initiated study and critical thinking.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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