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Holmer Green Senior School

Holmer Green Senior School

Art & Design: Photography - A Level

The results in Photography are EXCEPTIONAL! The skills that you will develop in photography will be varied.  You will learn how to compose images successfully and be creative using industry packages such as Adobe Photoshop.  You will investigate, research, analyse and evaluate your work and the work of others.  The course will allow you to develop your skills, imagination and creativity so you can produce your own personal responses. 

This course will be based on the use of digital technology.  Students will use software in the development of image manipulation.  A range of source material will be used in the development of ideas.  Students must understand that there is a significant written element within this subject.

Course content

Year 12

The A-Level course teaches you a wide variety of transferable skills; it will ensure that you are able to research, analyse, plan and experiment with imagery so that you can present yourself in a strong way visually.  We provide an extensive workshop based starting point in order to ensure the required skills can be embedded and evidenced through all you do.  As a result, you will spend the first few weeks learning and evidencing your understanding of key photographic skills including: composition, light, focus, shutter speed, Photoshop techniques and physical manipulation of imagery.  Once these workshops have been completed, you will be expected to transfer all your new skills into beginning an in-depth and sustained coursework unit of your choosing.

Year 13

Throughout year 13 you will continue to explore your chosen personal project, providing starting points for a number of investigations which will take the form of unique and interesting ideas as well as thoughtful and relevant developments.  The coursework unit incorporates two linked elements: the practical work and a personal study.  Students will need to submit a personal study of 1000 - 3000 words alongside your practical outcomes.


Exam Board : Edexcel

Once the coursework is complete, students are issued with an externally set assignment (the exam element of the course).  The exam paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point (it is not a written exam).  The exam unit is student led with appropriate guidance given during the preparatory period (a number of school weeks).  Independence in the development of ideas is vital in ensuring success in a creative subject such as Photography.  Intentions need to be realised through sustained outcomes; students will sit an unassisted timed test at the end of the preparatory period in order to complete final outcomes.

Head of subject: Mrs V Walden

Entry Requirements

Level 4 in either Photography, Art or Textiles attained  at the end of year 11; alternatively, 6 in Product Design or Design Technology

Are you interested in: Capturing the world around you, exploring and experimenting with techniques, expressing deeper concepts?

Leading to a career in:

Visual Arts, Project Management, Freelance Photography, Marketing…

This subject goes well with: Art, Art Textiles, Art Graphics, Product Design, English Literature

Student Views

"I like how the help and guidance from teachers and the vast array of available resources makes anything possible come to life in your work.”