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A Level Photography at Ousedale School

Course description

Students will be introduced to a range of experiences and photography techniques including traditional black and white darkroom techniques and colour explored through digital photography. They will explore relevant images, artists and photographers in contextual studies. There is no requirement for students to demonstrate drawing skills in this option unless they wish to.

Course content


Students start the coursework portfolio with an introduction period lasting 10 weeks. During this time they are introduced to a number of skills, the use of film cameras, digital SLRs and editing packages including Photoshop. They record the detailed technical information, ideas and the development of practical work through a journal.

In the concluding part of the portfolio unit students investigate and respond to an extended project, titles have included portraiture, manipulation, documentary and “sense of place”. In this project they will develop the skills learnt in the introduction period to produce a highly personal project. They will need to work closely with staff and be able to respond to advice and guidance. Students will need to be able to develop skills in independent learning.

The controlled test is a project worth 50% of the AS mark and is set by the exam board.


The A Level course work consists of a personal investigation. A coherent in depth study that demonstrates the students ability to conduct a detailed personal practical investigation. This unit has a strong written element.

Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level Minimum Grade B in English Language GCSE


Coursework: 60%
Controlled Test: 40%

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

Experimenting with and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops.

Recording in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on their work and progress.

Presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written or other elements.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years