Photography: A-Level

Course Description
Students will produce practical work in one or more areas including portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo-journalism and experimental imagery. Over the course there will be the opportunity to explore a theme, concept or idea and answer a brief, whilst learning many aspects of photography including viewpoint, composition, exposure, movement, lighting, lenses, filters, macro and other technical equipment.
 
Course Outline
 
Year 1 (AS Level) 100%
PCE (Personal Creative Enquiry)- COURSEWORK PORTFOLIO - One collection of work, or project, based on an idea, which takes a starting point to a final piece or series of pieces and includes evidence of the student’s ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to other photographers’ work. At the end of the PCE unit candidates should undertake 10 hours of unaided and supervised time devoted to the development of ideas. These can take a variety of forms, such as projections, photographs, posters, and design sheets. Prep work may lead to fully realised final pieces.
 
Year 2 (A2 Level)
Unit 1 – This is a Personal Investigation with both practical and written elements to the course of study that requires the candidate to create work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme, leading to a finished piece or pieces. Written work should be no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words. Both written and practical work will be marked as a single unit and links between both elements should be explicit.
 
Unit 2 - As in year 1, the second unit will be an externally set task, this time from a choice of 8 and, again, candidates are required to choose ONE as a starting point. Carefully annotated and mounted prep work will support 15 hours of unaided and supervised time during which time candidates will realise their intentions for their final piece(s)
 
Course Assessment
 
Year 1
PCE: Coursework portfolio 100% of the total AS Level marks
Students produce a collection of materials which exemplifies work carried out during the AS course. Students sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation including evidence of their ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to related critical/contextual materials. 
 
Year 2
Unit 1: Coursework portfolio–60% of the total A Level marks
Students produce a collection of materials which exemplifies work carried out during the AS course. Students sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation including evidence of their ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to related critical/contextual materials. 
Unit 2: Externally set assignment-40% of the total A Level marks - supervised 15 hours
Students select one of 8 starting points set by WJEC/Educas in February. The emphasis of this unit is the planning and development of ideas and realisation of final pieces. Students undertake 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The work produced during the 15 hours should be devoted to the completion of a final piece or pieces.
 
Career Opportunities
The course favours careers in the creative industry, including Graphic Design, commercial photography and private family and wedding photography. Also, the course is a stepping stone to other media such as film, television or advertising and new media (web design, for example).
 
Progression to University
The Academy has very good links with the Arts University Bournemouth, who have 96.4% of students employed or undertaking further study within 6 months of leaving. In the Times & Sunday league tables they are number 1 creative specialist in the UK.