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Photography

Course requirements 

A creative subject: C grade equivalent 

Course description 

If you have an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of Photography with an artistic expression and enjoyment of communicating personal ideas about the world around us then A level Photography is the subject to study. Photography is used to convey personal identity more widely than any other art form, is applied in the creative process across art, craft and design and is widely used in social, commercial and scientific contexts.

Following the EDEXCEL 8PYO/9PYO specification, you will work under the same four assessment objects for each component: Skills, Recording and Research, The Creative Process and Outcomes. You will show technical manipulation of media; visual literacy, control of formal elements. Primary and secondary recording of visual reference material will enable you to develop research and understanding of contextual references that are relevant to intentions. Throughout your portfolio of work you will explore ideas, techniques and media, reviewing and refining throughout; generating ideas through investigation. You will be able to bring together investigations in relation to creative intentions to realise and produce final outcome(s).

You will learn and know about the operations and principles of creating a photographic image, including the use of available and controlled light, lenses, cameras and light-sensitive materials, including digital and non-digital methods.

AS Components

  • A/S 8PYO Component 1: Personal Investigation
  • A/S 8PYO Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 

A2 Components

  • A Level 9PYO Component 1: Personal Investigation
  • A Level 9PYO Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 
Assessment 

A/S 8PYO Component 1 Incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

A/S 8PYO Component 2 Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 10 hour period of sustained focus. Preparatory studies will comprise of a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment. During the 10 hour period of sustained focus, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the Externally Set Assignment, under examination conditions. Students have from 1 January until the commencement of the final 10 hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies.

A Level 9PYO Component 1 Incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. 

A Level 9PYO Component 2 Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus. Preparatory studies will comprise of a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment. During the 15 hour period of sustained focus, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the externally Set Assignment, under examination conditions. Students have from 1 February until the commencement of the final 15 hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies. 

Progression 

Photography combines well with all subject areas. It provides an excellent foundation for many careers and degree courses including Advertising, Film/Video Editor, Photography, Theatre Design, Fashion Designer, Movie Making, Teaching, Location Manager, Press release and Television.