Introduction to the basic principles of photography, practical experience of historical processes showing how current technology and practice has developed. How to creatively use analogue photographic equipment to produce high quality studio based images by setting up and controlling lights, camera controls, film processing and printing, presentation.How to use traditional and contemporary technologies to communicate ideas in single images and sequences.
A level Photography:
Familiarity with using cameras and making creative decisions under pressure in street photography: How to use photography as a medium of communication in a self-chosen documentary project: How to plan, resource and execute a project entirely of your own choosing from initial idea to final presentation.
The course is an excellent way of gaining skills in planning, resourcing, carrying out and bringing to a conclusion any kind of creative endeavour. It also develops the student’s ability to assess and evaluate their own work and progress honestly and meaningfully in such a way as to find the best way forward in a project, overcome obstacles and take advantage of unexpected events.
Assessment is in three parts, comprising coursework, written personal study and externally set project assignment. All are marked and verified internally, with external moderation at the end of the year.
The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus. There are specialised facilities equipped with industry standard resources and a suite of Apple-Macs for digital editing as well as a professional standard dark-room and studio facilities. Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite of 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.
The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.
For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.
Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.
Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.
In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.
There are no additional formal entry requirements for this subject. However, places on the A level Photography course are subject to a two week initial assessment period.
A level Photography is a suitable path towards careers or further studies in photography, creative arts, media, fashion and journalism amongst others. However, it also provides transferable skills for any subject or career path requiring innovation and the ability to problem solve.