Photography is an important form of visual communication. Imagine a world without it and you'll realise just how widely photographic, and particularly digital, images are used in a range of sectors and industries, from advertising and printing to broadcasting and film making.
Photographs are widely used in our everyday lives to capture important events, people, places and situations. We also use them to help us to understand the world around us and to express our ideas, thoughts and feelings in an artistic way.
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:
The course consists of two areas of study.
The course assessment has two components totalling 130 marks:
For the project component, you will plan and carry out a selected photography project. You will be required to research and investigate your topic, developing a creative response through practical photographic work. From this you will be required to select and present a series of 12 images which communicate the topic, and evaluate the effectiveness of your work and practice.
Both the question paper and the project component are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in:
Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.
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