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Photography- A LEVEL

Examination Board: OCR


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Art & Design – photography endorsement



Course Leader:  Mrs Hyder


What’s it all about?

Photography is widely studied throughout both further and higher education. It is also transferable to a variety of careers in media, journalism, film, animation and the arts. This is an excellent opportunity to study photography in the context of art. This course allows you to develop your photographic skills using a variety of traditional and modern techniques. The course includes practical photography, making and manipulating photographic images and also the theory behind the practice. The development of your projects will be informed by analysing photographic traditions and artist’s work. Assessment for A level consists of two components, one practical coursework element and one externally set task. The course includes joint study trips to London, visits to museums and art galleries along with the arts faculty. There will also be the possibility of a Foreign Trip.


What are the entry requirements?

5 GCSE’s GRADE 9-4 including GCSE grade 5 in art or equivalent design based course.


What will I learn on this course?

  • You will develop strong practical photography skills and theory
  • You will have the opportunity to explore a range of materials and processes.
  • You will develop your own portfolio of photographic work to enable you to apply for courses in higher education and employment.
  • You will be given the opportunity to study artists’ work from Primary sources.

How will I be assessed?

60% Coursework, 40% Controlled Test


What do your current students say?

‘’The post 16 Photography course at WSC is a hard working but fun and creative learning environment, we have our own 6th form area where we can work throughout the day and the teachers are excellent and very supportive’’


Is there anything else I need to know?

From this course, you would normally progress to further and higher education through a foundation course or directly onto a degree course.


Who can I contact for further information?

College Website and Subject Teachers

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