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GCE AS Level Photography


Awarding Body:

WJEC

Sector:

Further Education

Programme Length:

AS - 1 Year. Full A Level - 2 years

Bilingual Delivery:

This course can be studied in English only at present

Programme Description

This is a one year programme, with opportunities to progress onto the full A-Level, which focuses on developing a broad understanding of photography.

The programme aims for every learner to develop their own unique voices using visual imagery, applying technical and contextual understanding confidently to realise their intentions. Learners are provided with the skills to develop their own personal practice, to go on to complete the full A-level or work towards a new career, all alongside like-minded individuals. Learners are encouraged to explore individual interests and ideas over a range of genres through the development of sketchbooks to record their progress. Programme content includes how to use your camera on manual settings, digital manipulation, studio photography, analogue photography and experimental photography using historic printing techniques.

Technical and creative skills are addressed equally in a professional learning environment where dialogue, experimentation and enjoyment underline the entire curriculum. External opportunities and competitions are provided for all learners to push themselves outside their comfort zones and develop extra-curricular experiences and all learners are kept up-to-date on current exhibitions and events of interest.

AS Photography consists of a coursework portfolio and controlled assessment and AL Photography includes a self-initiated portfolio module and an externally set controlled assessment.

Programme Features

  • Analogue and digital methods of image-making are taught as well as experimental processes e.g. Pinhole.
  • Industry standard software, predominantly Photoshop and Bridge, is taught throughout the course.
  • Cameras, lighting and other equipment is available for students to borrow.
  • Historical and contextual studies are integrated within each student’s personal projects.
  • Learners have the opportunity to participate in local and National competitions.
  • Visits to exhibitions, galleries and workshops are encouraged and promoted for all learners.
  • All second year learners and selected first year learners exhibit their work at an end of year exhibition.

Progression and Employment

This is a one year programme, with opportunities to progress onto the full A-Level, which focuses on developing a broad understanding of photography.

The programme aims for every learner to develop their own unique voices using visual imagery, applying technical and contextual understanding confidently to realise their intentions. Learners are provided with the skills to develop their own personal practice, to go on to complete the full A-level or work towards a new career, all alongside like-minded individuals. Learners are encouraged to explore individual interests and ideas over a range of genres through the development of sketchbooks to record their progress. Programme content includes how to use your camera on manual settings, digital manipulation, studio photography, analogue photography and experimental photography using historic printing techniques.

Technical and creative skills are addressed equally in a professional learning environment where dialogue, experimentation and enjoyment underline the entire curriculum. External opportunities and competitions are provided for all learners to push themselves outside their comfort zones and develop extra-curricular experiences and all learners are kept up-to-date on current exhibitions and events of interest.

AS Photography consists of a coursework portfolio and controlled assessment and AL Photography includes a self-initiated portfolio module and an externally set controlled assessment.

Programme Content

Method of Assessment

AS Photography has two units: Coursework Portfolio worth 60%, Controlled Assignment worth 40%.

A2 Photography has two units; Personal investigation coursework unit worth 60%, Controlled Assignment worth 40%.

Entry Requirements

Although a C grade in GCSE in Art and Design would be an advantage, the course caters for learners with a variety of skills and experiences. This flexible approach to the course aims to encourage each learner to push themselves out of their comfort zones and consider the huge possibilities for image making that are available.

Academic Year Delivery Campus Course Length Course Options
2018 - 2019 Full Time Graig Campus 1 Year Enquire Apply
2018 - 2019 Full Time Graig Campus 1 Year Enquire Apply
Campus Address Post Code
Ammanford Campus Dyffryn Road,
Ammanford,
Carmarthenshire
SA18 3TA
Gelli Aûr Campus Gelli Aûr,
Llandeilo,
Carmarthenshire
SA32 8NJ
Graig Campus Sandy Road,
Llanelli,
Pwll,
Carmarthenshire
SA14 4DN
Pibwrlwyd Campus Pibwrlwyd,
Carmarthen,
Carmarthenshire
SA31 2NH
Jobswell Campus Jobs Well Road,
Carmarthen,
Carmarthenshire
SA31 3HY