It is not essential that you have a GCSE in a creative subject but it is essential that you have a strong passion for Photography.
In the sixth form we follow the AQA specification. This is a broad –based course introducing students to a variety of experiences using a range of media, processes and techniques, for example:
Painting, drawing, mixed media including collage and assemblage, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography and image manipulation.
At A level, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained, with greater depth of study.
Component 1 is a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1000-3000 words (60% of final grade).
Component 2 is an externally set assignment; candidates are given a question paper containing 8 starting points from which they choose one. Students are then required to develop a project around their chosen theme. 15 hours of unaided, supervised work completes this unit of work. (40% of final grade)
Photography is a vast and expanding industry with an enormous variety of jobs. The rapid expansion in new technologies has led to a serious skill shortage in many areas. Many of our students go on to study in Higher Education and there are a large variety of courses to choose from.