Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

GCE Art & Design (Photography) is an excellent platform for progression to higher education in media and visual art and design.

At A Level, extra tuition is given on further and higher education entry, portfolio preparation and interview technique.

The course is designed to develop personal responses to observations, experiences, environments and cultures, celebrating their individuality and strengths.
It encourages personal learning through enquiry into Photography and the enjoyment of its application in the real world, along with the acquisition of lifelong learning and thinking skills. This is done through careful guidance and individual target setting.

We have devised and developed workshops after school to help students develop their knowledge further.

Students will be expected to put up their own exhibitions at the end of Year 1 and Year 2 in preparation for marking.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

Creatively minded individuals with enthusiasm for creative thinking and pushing their own boundaries. You must be enthusiastic, prepared to really explore an idea or concept and be able to work with determination and perseverance. You will have timetabled lessons and will also be encouraged to come and use the space in your study and free periods, an equal amount of time is expected to be spend on your studies out of lessons as in lessons.

Course Breakdown

Year 1
Portfolio of work exploring skills and processes with the theme of identity.

Year 2
Portfolio of work showing a personal response to a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus.

Externally assessed assignment, in each year.

How Is the Course Assessed?

Year 1
Extended project with coherent preparatory studies, leading to an appropriate conclusion. Marked internally – some work may be used to support students Year 2 portfolios but Year 1 is purely about building skills, confidence and understanding for Year 2.

Year 2
Extended project with coherent preparatory studies leading to an appropriate conclusion. 3000 word supporting written study. Marked internally / externally moderated.

Externally Set Assignment
Paper issued 1st of February in initial preparatory period of around 8 weeks, 10/15 hours to complete a final outcome 10/15 hours consecutively over 2/3 days. Marked internally / externally moderated.

How Is the Course Examined?

Year 1 and Year 2

All units are internally assessed at regular intervals throughout the year and externally moderated by the Exam Board.

Students will receive formative feedback throughout the course allowing them to reflect upon and refine work.

Externally Assessed Assignments

Completed-March / April.

Photography Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mr D Ward