The AQA Photography qualification is a practical course that is suitable for students who wish to develop their interest in and enjoyment of Photography, fostering its value in lifelong learning. It would be advisable to have access to an SLR camera which produces unrivalled image quality. Candidates can choose to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas include portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo-journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video, television and film. The emphasis on this course is learning through practical tasks where you will have opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. Students are expected to be ambitious and approach their subject with great enthusiasm.
Component 1 (AS level only)
The portfolio has no time limit is worth 60% of the marks. It comprises the first part of the AS. Students develop work based on an issue, concept or theme leading to a final outcome(s).
Component 2 (AS level only)
An assignment is set worth 40% of the AS level and students choose a question to research from February onwards. Students will have 10 hours of supervised time in order to produce a finished outcome.
Component 1 (A level only)
This personal investigation consists of coursework with no time limit and is worth 60% of the marks. Students develop work based on an idea, issue or concept and it must be supported by between 1000 and 3000 of written work.
Component 2 (A level only)
An art assignment is set worth 40% of the A level and students choose a question to be used as a starting point for investigation In May students then have 15 hours of supervised time to produce a finished outcome for their chosen theme.
The AS course structure will provide a sound programme of study for those students wishing to progress onto the full A-level.
Take this subject if;
You enjoy Photography and want to further develop your skills and creativity in this subject then this is for you. Pursuing a career in an Art and Design field like, Web Design, Fashion design or Graphic Communication will require an Art and Design A level or equivalent to study to degree level. This course would also be extremely beneficial for those wanting to study specifically Photography or Film. Many Architecture courses request an art based portfolio.
- Mariyam Ali 2015 A level Photography from 2015 exhibition
- Kirandeep Gidda