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Photography A-Level Course at East Durham College

A Level Art & Design - Photography

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

After studying on this course you can start to regard yourself as a Photographer and look to establish your own practice and portfolio. You could progress into higher education or seek your own career arts industry.

Overview of the course: 

Awarding Body - Edexcel

Students will sit AS exams at the end of year one and A level exams at the end of year two.

AS Level

Component 1:
Personal Investigation (coursework)
50% of qualification

Content Summary: Students will:
•Generate practical work, ideas and research from sources
•Explore media and processes, develop and refine ideas, and present outcomes.

What students create:
•Supporting studies
•Personal outcome(s)

Component 2:
Externally Set Assignment
50% of qualification

Content Summary: Students will:
Students respond to one externally set, broad-based thematic starting point to encourage independence in developing ideas, intentions and response.
What students create:
Preparatory studies
Personal outcome(s) in 10 hours of sustained focus

A2 Level

Component 1:
Part 1:Personal Investigation (coursework)
Part 2: Students submit a piece of continuous prose (minimum of 1000 words).
60% of qualification

Content Summary: Students will:
•Generate practical work, ideas and research from sources
•Explore media and processes, develop and refine ideas, and present outcomes.

What students create:
•Supporting studies
•Personal outcome(s)
•Personal study

Component 2:
Externally Set Assignment
40% of qualification

Content Summary: Students will:
Students respond to one externally set, broad-based thematic starting point to encourage independence in developing ideas, intentions and response.
What students create:
Preparatory studies
Personal outcome(s) in 15 hours of sustained focus

Entry requirements: 

For Photography you will need grade 5-6 or above in an Art-related subject at GCSE.
For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of five 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of six 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at 7-9 grade.

Topics: 

The A level Photography courses aims to develop students’ practical, creative and communication skills through the use of photography, as a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches that go beyond mere observation and recording. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce exciting work using their own initiative.
Visual language: the creative elements of photography and art, use of the camera, lenses and film, use of light, darkroom techniques, manipulation of images, contextual references though research into the work of others, analysis and critical evaluation.
Personal Investigation:
Under a given theme, you will experiment with a wide range of equipment, methods and techniques in producing a range of photographs aimed towards your chosen theme. You will find out about researching, analysing and reviewing your own work and that of other photographers. This will all then provide the basis for developing your ideas towards a final piece of work.

Externally Set Assignment:
With a given theme set by the examination board you will apply what you have learnt from you’re your personal investigation. Exploring a chosen approach to the theme through experimenting with media and developing and applying your skills. Alongside this, you will be researching and analysing your own and others' work to support your progress. Then developing your ideas and, under timed examination conditions producing an outcome.
A2 requires the student to produce a piece of written work (1000 words) and the final Unit is a controlled timed exam (AS 10 Hours / A2 15 Hours)

How is the course assessed?: 

Coursework 60%. Practical assignments accompanied by relevant preliminary / supporting studies. Contextual study (A2 Level), a personal research study on a relevant topic (photographer/movement/technique) of the student’s choice.
Externally set assignment (AS and A2 Level) 40%. The student selects a question from the examination paper as the basis for a major piece of work.

Further study options after this course: 

A Level Photography provides an ideal springboard for students who intend to study Photography at degree level. It also provides skills that are key to those who intend to pursue media, journalism and many other related career paths. Students who would like to study Art and Design at Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree level before continuing on to degrees will find it invaluable.

Length of the course: 

2 Years, Full Time.

Campus: 

Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:

Fees: 

If you're a full time student under the age of 19 you will not usually need to pay any course fees.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (09 Nov 2017 21:08) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

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