Key Stage 5

Students enter our Edexcel AS/A Level Photography (Lens based media) at an advantage if they have previously studied Art and Design at GCSE level.

AS Component 1: Contrasts and Art as Photography

Component 1 (personal portfolio) consists of two projects which explore the basics of photography, lens based media and image manipulation.  Students are encouraged to have their own digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera in order to work independently.

AS Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

Students will respond to a theme set by Edexcel.  We encourage students to research and respond to professional phtographers' work (both past and present) for ideas and inspiration.  Students will produce outcomes during a 10 hour examination which may involve a photoshoot and/or manipulation process.

A Level Component 3: Personal Portfolio

Students will be encouraged to research the work of other photographers which relates to their personally selected theme.  Students will shoot on location and in the studio in order to create exciting outcomes.  This part of the course requires a 'Personal Study' which is a 1,000 + word essay.

A Level Component 4: Externally Set Assignment

The externally set assignment is based on a theme set by the exam board.  Photography students will be encouraged to take photographs and design photoshoots in response to the theme.  Students will have a 12 hour examination period in order to produce a sophisticated outcome.