A Level – Photography


Photography at Wyke is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in photography and lens based media. A wide range of facilities exist that will allow an in depth exploration of processes and techniques.

Photography students at Wyke Sixth Form College.
  • Who Is This Course For?

    Photography at Wyke is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in photography and lens based media. A wide range of facilities exist that will allow an in depth exploration of processes and techniques.

    The course requires dedication and a commitment to work independently.

    Photography is often studied alongside courses such as Media studies and Graphic Design, but can also serve as a complementary study route, offering an element of variety to an intense academic programme.

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

    An interest in photography is absolutely essential and prior creative study is considered an advantage.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    A Level Photography

    The course is delivered as four distinct units of study, which test the skills of observation, media handling, ideas development, contextual research and visual realisation. Quality of written expression is especially important in the second year of study.

    ARTF1

    A first body of coursework is internally set and marked and is concerned with the construction of a portfolio of studio and location based images that shows a wide variety of techniques, methods, outcomes and subject matter.

    ARTF2

    An externally set exam paper is released in February offering a choice of themes for independently researched visual development and contextual work. The culmination of this body of work is a five-hour exam undertaken in April in your second year which a summative piece of visual work relating to the exam question is undertaken.

    ARTF3

    A personal investigation is undertaken in the first period of second year study; the theme for this work is agreed via negotiation between the individual student and the course team. This component of the course also requires the undertaking of an illustrated essay related in theme to the nature of the personal investigation.

    ARTF4

    An externally set exam paper is released in February offering a choice of themes for independently researched visual development and contextual work. The culmination of this body of work is a fifteen-hour exam undertaken in April in which a summative piece of visual work relating to the exam question is undertaken.

     

    How the course is delivered

    Each student will be encouraged to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including:

    • Portraiture
    • Landscape photography
    • Still-life photography
    • Documentary photography
    • Photo-journalism
    • Experimental imagery
    • Photographic installation
    • Video, television and film.

    In the second year of study students will be encouraged to develop their own starting points with an emphasis on individual outcomes.

     

    Departmental Enrichment

    Extra support is offered throughout the course with lunchtime and twilight sessions regularly available, a high level of pastoral care assists individual students through the both course and wider college activity.

    External visits to galleries and exhibitions are organised to support coursework development and exam preparation.

    Individual tutorials are incorporated into the structure of the course with extra one to one tuition available on request.

     

    The Photography Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The Photography department has a well-equipped purposed built studio with Bowens flash equipment and a computer suite that uses the latest digital software. A darkroom and film processing facilities also exist and the combination of traditional and digital techniques is viewed as central to the course.

    During the course you will be taught by Paul Hughes, an active photographic practitioner who has a wide experience of commercial, industry and fine art photography.

     

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    The best preparation for this course would be to establish the habit of carrying a camera every-where and using it daily to establish visual themes referring to the work of other photographers or artists for ideas and inspiration. Photography has many aspects and uses but visits to galleries especially those exhibiting photography as well as fine art would help form an understanding of the subject.

    Inspirational photographers would include:

    • Mark Power
    • Henri Cartier-Bresson
    • Don McCullin
    • Dorothea Lang
    • Faye Godwin
    • Bill Brandt
  • Progression:

    What does this course lead to?

    The knowledge and skills gained through the study of this course can lead to further and higher level courses concerned with Fine Art or commercial lens based media.

    The study of photography may lead to a career in freelance, commercial, industrial, fine art or landscape photography or could be invaluable to a career in graphic design, journalism, film, media and digital applications.

  • Course Showcase:

    Euan Baker

    Euan achieved an A* in Photography, utilising traditional, digital and time based media. Having studied a Foundation course at this college he is currently studying Film and Creative Media at Wimbledon School of Art. He has been working in an independent, commercial context since his A Level year.

    Rebecca Hopkins

    Rebecca studied Photography alongside Fine Art at A Level producing a highly original portfolio of photography-related work dominated by lens based media which gained her entry to St. Martin’s college where she studied a foundation course in Art & Design, prior to transferring to the London School of Fashion.