How long does it last? Two years for A Level, one year for AS.
Course Codes: AQA 7246 & 7206
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design-2200/subject-content/photography-lens-based-and-light-based-media
Students who take this course:
Many will have taken Art GCSE and achieved at least a grade B, or have followed a personal interest in photography and will be able to provide evidence to support this. Five GCSE’s A-C or equivalent (Including English and Maths) will prove your commitment to the large amounts of coursework you can expect from Photography A-Level.
The course will allow you initially to explore different photography techniques in a mainly digital format during the first two terms with three projects focusing on Landscape, Portraiture and Still-Life. You will be introduced to many traditional and contemporary photographers and their techniques to inspire your own independent creative responses to the themes. Following on from this you will specialise in your chosen area for an extended project allowing you to develop your own personal outcomes. You will learn how to use photographic equipment including cameras, studio equipment and Adobe Photoshop for editing images.
Overall you will learn to use Photography as a means of exploring your own creativity allowing you to communicate ideas about yourself and your environment in a visual way. Trips to shoot locations and exhibitions will take place throughout the year to help aid your learning experience.
The AS is studied over one year. AS can be taken as a stand-alone qualification.
Component 1: Portfolio – 60% of AS
Component 2: Externally set assignment – 40% of AS
A Level is studied over two years. It is strongly recommended that students studying A Level Photography should complete the AS qualification first as it prepares you for the higher level required by the A Level course.
Component 1: Personal investigation – 60% of A Level
Component 2: Externally set assignment – 40% of A Level