Your course will begin with a theme-based curriculum, which builds technical skills and explores different concepts. We also run a series of tutorials on developing digital editing techniques.
Throughout your course, you will have access to teacher support sessions at lunchtime (four days a week), plus evening sessions (two days a week).
A Level Photography
Component 1 - Personal investigation
The component incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a written personal study.
Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. For the purposes of this qualification, photography is sub-divided into the following three disciplines:
- film-based photography
- digital photography
- film and video
Your personal investigation will be evidenced and supported by a critical essay, involving contextual research and a visual analysis. This must be a minimum of 1000 words of continuous prose, which can contain integrated images.
Component 2 - Externally set assignment
In addition to completing a 15-hour examination piece, you will produce and submit preparatory studies which show the development of your final piece/s as part of their photographic submission. You may choose to produce work in one or more disciplines.
You will be assessed on two core elements:
- Personal investigation (60% of the A Level grade)
- Externally set assignment (40% of the A Level grade)
For A Level Photography, Component 1 and Component 2 are internally assessed. External moderation takes place at the end of the course when all units of work are presented in the form of an exhibition.