All students will produce an extensive and personal
portfolio of work which will enable them to progress onto Higher Education.

All students will explore how photography is used to convey messages and meaning, and to record evocative moments. Students will research and explore traditional and digital photography. Work will form a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording. A camera and an inquisitive nature are essential for this course.

Areas which are explored include:
Using photography to record personal experiences, ideas, information and insights appropriate to intentions
Analysis and critical evaluation of photographic images to demonstrate an understanding of purposes, meanings and contexts
Researching and understanding different genres, styles and traditions of photography
Using a variety of equipment and techniques
Developing contextual references to the work of
others. In particular, students will be expected to
develop knowledge and understanding of:
– Use of light
– Understanding film types, film speeds, grain of film stock and other specialised films which will facilitate the processes of generating and
developing ideas
– Understanding and employing view points,
composition and depth of field
– Experimenting with manipulation of the image through electronic and mechanical means including computer, scanners and photocopiers

Students could go on to Higher Education to study journalism, photography, film or animation at university and colleges in the UK and abroad. Alternatively, work from
photography portfolios could be used as part of the
application process to art and/or design courses.

Entry requirements
To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

Students do not need to have any previous experience of
photography to study this subject, but a strong interest in the
subject is absolutely essential. Students will need to work hard to develop technical skills and spend time researching projects, alongside the more practical elements of the course.

In addition, a positive College interview is required.