Photography - A Level only

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Expectations of Independent Study

  • Investigation, research and analysis of contemporary and traditional photographers’ work connected to your project theme.
  • Visits to Galleries and Museums.
  • Regular ‘on location’ photoshoots.
  • Using online tutorials to develop complex technical skills.
  • Practical work refining and modifying this using a wide range of materials and processes.
  • Planning, development and completion of final practical pieces reflecting a high standard of skill in using the technical and creative aspects of photography.
  • Re-drafting of the Year 13 personal Investigation essay and responding to teacher feedback.
  • Personal organisation to meet practical and written deadlines.

Entry Requirements

Grade 9 - 6 at Art GCSE is desirable but not essential.

Why is it interesting?

During this course you will develop your own practical and analytical skills as a photographer using a wide range of media.

You will learn about the concepts, methods and contextual background to a range of contemporary and traditional photographers’ work.

Photography can be particularly beneficial for students who have an interest in art, psychology, science, and architecture.

You will learn outside the classroom via a wide range of events, art gallery trips and visits designed to improve your knowledge and practical skills.

What skills and knowledge will I develop by studying this subject?

Technical Skill
Developing your technical skills in using a range of photographic techniques.

You will develop post-processing techniques to ensure you are producing the highest quality photographs.

You will understand how to use the camera creatively to develop individual and original work.

Contextual Research

You will learn to create thorough and relevant research about the work of a wide range of photographers

You will explore different genres of photography from a wide range of sources and be able to apply these ideas to your own work.

You will use these ideas to move your work forward and progress

Creative Ideas and Practical outcomes:

You will produce innovative and unique personal outcomes that reflect your skill in using a wide range of photographic techniques.

You will be able to produce interesting and thought-provoking photographic responses that contain a high level of conceptual and contextual meaning.

You will expand your knowledge of photography to the wider genres of arts, media and popular culture to create your own photography research theme at A2 level.

This course would be suitable for students who have the following skills and interests:

Photography, media studies, film, TV, digital media, semiotics and the Arts in general.

What career pathways are open to me if I study this subject?

Jobs where your photography degree would be useful include:

Assessment Overview

There are four Assessment Objectives AS and A2:

Component 1 (A2)

Personal Investigation: Worth 60 % of final grade

(Out of 90 raw marks)

Component 2 (A2)

Timed Examination: (15 Hours) Worth 40 % of final grade. (Out of 72 raw marks)