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A2 Level Art & Design (Photography)

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Course Code
LA00116
Location
Yale
Duration
Full Time,
Department
A Levels
Start Date
04 Sep 2024
End Date
20 Jun 2025
Course Overview

A specialist course where candidates produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas which could include, portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo-journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, for example, using traditional and/or digital processes.

The 1 year AS course comprises of 2 units of assessment, Unit 1 - course work where students will develop work using an appropriate range of media, skills and ideas in photography and Unit 2 - an externally set assignment (exam).

The study of contemporary and historical designers, artists and craftspeople plays an important part in both the AS and A2 Level courses, and provides a major source of inspiration for practical studio work. First hand study of artefacts is experienced through visits to galleries, museums and places of interest. There may also be opportunities to participate in workshops run by practicing artists.

A2 Level students must complete Unit 3 - Personal Investigation and Unit 4 - an externally set assignment. All work is based on Personal Study, involving an in-depth personal investigation written and illustrated in a topic related to their studio work.
The AS and A2 Level qualifications are awarded by AQA, and are internally marked by the centre and externally moderated by the AQA Examining Board. Students are required to submit coursework for assessment both at the end of Year 1 and Year 2. Final grades are determined by dedicated marks awarded to coursework and examination units of assessment. ESSENTIAL SKILLS The course provides opportunities to develop and accredit Essential and Wider Skill Wales in Improving Own Learning and Performance and Problem solving at Level 3.
Students wishing to study A-levels full-time at Yale College must have 5 GCSE Grade Cs or better including one of English, English Language, Agored English Level 2. Students who achieve 6 Grade Cs or better will be able to confirm their enrolment through our normal processes, however Students with 5Cs will be required to come into Yale to discuss their course with a member of the A-level/Subsid Dip panel. In addition to the general AS entry criteria, it is desirable that candidates have grade C or above in GCSE Art and Design, or an equivalent qualification to take the AS course. All students will undertake a short assignment to help assess their potential for this subject. Mature students without academic qualifications will be interviewed on an individual basis. For A2 candidates it is desirable to have a grade C or above at AS Level.
AS and A2 Level Photography can be studied for its own sake or can lead to further training and a career related to the subject. It is also valid for those who may not wish to pursue a future in the Arts, but who intend to follow a university degree course in a different subject. The study of Photography can also help develop transferable skills, useful in any career or job. Careers could include:- Photojournalist, advertising/editorial/fashion photographer, photographer in the public sector such as museums, schools, hospitals, police etc, teacher.
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