Course Title AS/A Level Photography
Level: 3
Code MS010

Overview of the Course

In AS and A Level Photography you will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate practical and technical skills, whilst experimenting with a wide range of approaches to the subject. We have excellent facilities for black and white developing and printing, a large dark room and well-equipped studio in addition to excellent state-of-the-art Apple Mac suites for digital editing facilities. Trips and visits to galleries also take place.

What are the career opportunities?

Successful completion of this subject can lead to a Foundation course in Art and Design or a degree level course. Career opportunities may include the following areas: Advertising, Fashion Photography, Photo Journalism, Fine Art Photography, Creative Directing, Product Photography and Commercial Photography.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5. In addition to these entry requirements, a grade 9-5 (A*-C) is also required in English. Please note – you do not need A*-C in Art or a Design subject to do this course.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete two coursework Components in each year. ‘Component 1’ runs from September to January and is worth 60% of your final mark. ‘Component 2’ runs from February to May and is worth 40% of your final mark. The components are very practical in nature and are wholly coursework based, although for Component 2, you will complete your final visual developments and outcomes under exam conditions for 10 hours (AS Level – Year 1) and 15 hours (A Level – Year 2). Coursework is assessed by staff at regular intervals throughout the year and the final submissions are externally moderated by the exam board.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will develop a range of transferable skills including IT skills, communication and numeracy. Technical skills will be developed through your coursework, alongside research skills and the ability to evaluate and discuss your work. Wider skills such as time-management, independent study, organisation and working to deadlines are an integral part of the course.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. When appropriate, guest speakers are invited and trips to Art galleries are organised. Local photography trips are also organised for gathering images for your projects. It is also recommended that you attend Higher Education conventions.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

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