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Photography is unique in its cross curriculum potential. On the technical side physics, chemistry
and maths are part of the course while on the critical side English and History are exploited.
Underlying this, and most importantly, is creativity. To maximise engagement pupils choose their
own practical and theoretical themes. By the end of the course the students are expected to have
taken photographs, processed them and printed from the negatives unassisted. This requires a
thorough knowledge of how a camera controls the input of light and how this affects the image.
They are expected to be able to evaluate the work of other photographers. All components are a
combination of written and practical work.
Over the two years they will spend about £150 on materials. This figure depends on how
productive and efficient the pupil is. The department makes every attempt to minimize the costs.
Loan cameras are supplied.
There are no compulsory trips associated with this course.
A Level Photography
Photography, Art, Media, Journalism, Science, Design
Photographer, Journalist, Photo Journalist, Teacher, Chemist, Physicist, Graphic
Designer, Interior Designer, Architectural Photographer, Stage Manager.
Coursework. The first term and a half in
year 10 is devoted to all relevant
aspects of photographic theory and the
major body of written work is completed
in the second term. The practical
coursework is started on completion of
this written work. Further but less
substantial written work is done to
compliment the practical work. There
are two parts to the coursework, an un-
themed unit and a themed unit. The
pupils choose their own theme.
The coursework is worth 60% of the
In February of Year 11, the controlled
assessment (exam) is started and
completed, with supporting written
work, in April.
The exam is worth 40% of the final