LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 97% IN 2018
Photography is a very creative course. You will develop the technical skills necessary to enable you to express your ideas using photographs as your medium. We start with film techniques and move forward into digital photography and we work both in black and white and in colour. We work to set themes and then you take them in individual unique directions. In your first year you will explore the potential of location and studio work, digital technology, darkroom processes, and the moving image. In the second year you will apply the skills and experiences of year 1 to create a Personal Investigation.
“I chose Photography at Huish because I had heard a lot of great things about it and I really loved photography. I can safely say it has really lived up to its reputation. You start practical work from day one and the resources available to you are immense.”
A Level Photography student
A few highlights of student photography work
Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English Language.
What equipment do I need and what will it cost?
This can be quite a costly subject and it is important to consider this when choosing the course. You will need a 35 mm Digital SLR camera. It must have the following features:
- Ability to shoot in FULLY manual mode, allowing shutter speed, Apertures and ISO to be changed independently of each other
- Minimum of 12 MP
- Interchangeable lens(es)
- Hotshoe – for attaching flash accessories.
Please get in touch with us if you aren’t sure if your camera is suitable. We don’t recommend particular makes but we do advise that you buy second-hand, preferably from an outlet that offers guarantees!
You may also wish to use a 35mm SLR film camera.
You will be expected to buy film and photographic paper as well as paying for digital printing, sketchbooks, mounting materials and so on. We sell a kit in september that includes core materials required. This costs £60 and is avaliable in week one of the course.
What can I do with Photography?
Well, you might become a photographer, perhaps specialising in portraiture, fashion, sports etc! However, there is a continual demand from employers for people who are visually articulate, self-motivated, adaptable, excellent project managers and innovative thinkers. You could go on to higher education to develop your photographic skills further. What you take with you from this course will be highly valued in a number of career areas. These include art direction, graphic and web design, media production, journalism, illustration and many more.
Are there any exams?
There are no traditional, written, exams for A Level Photography. At the end of year 2 you will create your final piece of work in 15 hours of exam conditions after 8 weeks of independently, exploring and developing ideas in a practical portfolio.