Shireland Sixth Form


Photography A level

Course Overview

Studying the course

The creative industries earned £76.9 billion last year for the UK economy. There are currently 1.7 million people employed in the creative sector. With such a thriving industry, it is vital that young individuals are aware of the many exciting opportunities available to them through following this educational pathway. Photography is a broad subject that encompasses so many of the exciting and varied skills associated with employment in the creative industries. Through studying this in A-Level, developing creative thought processes and improving technical skills and art critical knowledge, students then open the door to studying the subject further.

Career pathways

Indiviuals studying Photography can progress to Foundation studies in Art or Photography and then onto a related degree course in which they will produce a range of different styles of work and create their own portfolio. For employment there may be opportunities to work in local galleries, design offices, graphics companies and retail as well as the chance to work as a commercial artist.

Course overview

Pupils will be introduced to a variety of photography techniques and processes through the delivery of short workshops. They will investigate a given theme, researching work by artists, writing essays and making contextual links. They will be guided through the project by the teacher and set specific tasks for homework. As the year progresses they will be taught to think more independently, using their skills in analysis, recording observations, exploring ideas, experimenting and developing. They will plan and develop their work taking it in their own direction with the guidance and support of the teacher. By the end of the course the pupils should understand the assessment objectives, enabling them to complete their examination unit confidently and successfully. In order to meet the four assessment objectives the pupils will be:

•generating and developing ideas informed by primary and contextual sources.
•refining their ideas through experimenting with media, and developing and applying skills.
•researching, recording, analysing and reviewing their own and others’ work.
•selecting, creating, realising and presenting personally developed outcome(s).

Course assessment

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Photography this is an internally set theme which is then marked and externally moderated. Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment in Photography this is an externally set theme which is then marked and externally moderated.