St Edward's Church of England Academy



Exam Type:Linear 2 year A-Level
Exam Board:Edexcel

About the Course

A-Level Photography is a practical course with written content which allows students who have interest and aptitude in the art to further their studies through the disciplines of digital photography, film and video art photography has been used by practitioners to record, document and present examples of everyday life, in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.

It has also been used as the vehicle for artistic expression, communicating personal ideas about the world around us.  It is used to convey personal identity more widely than any other art form.  It is applied in the creative process across art, craft and design and is widely used in social, commercial and scientific contexts. The development of affordable lens-based technology has changed the way that both professionals and the public use photography.

It is expected that students will have achieved at least a Grade 6 in Art/Art Textiles at GCSE, access to a good quality digital SLR camera, Photoshop or similar and a printer.

You will study 3 main units over the 2 year course:

  • Unit 1 – Introductory unit -Students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes in a variety of ways.
  • Unit 2 – Development of the personal project, including the written component. Students will have an internal exam.
  • Unit 3 – Externally set assignment from the Exam Board.

By continual assessment and a controlled assessment within school

All units are assessed and graded internally by the school and a visiting moderator from the exam board. The coursework units comprise 60% of the overall mark and the externally set piece 40% for A-Level.


Personal investigation:

  • Part 1: Practical work (72 marks). From personal starting points students submit supporting studies and personal outcome(s)
  • Part 2: Personal study (18 marks). Students submit a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words

Externally Set assignment: Sustained focus period of 15 hours of controlled assessment in which students create a final response to the theme. (72 marks). Students submit preparatory studies and personal outcome(s)

Students who wish to further their studies in a photography related field can either apply by means of a portfolio interview straight to university for degree courses or choose the traditional route of BTEC foundation in Art and Design at college or university.

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