The Photography A Level course offers students the opportunity to learn a range of skills and work with both chemical and digital photography, exploring both techniques at the start of the course. These skills will include pinhole photography, darkroom techniques and the use of Photoshop. Throughout the course we encourage independent learning with guidance where necessary and continued support throughout. Unit 2 is a practical exam which is held at the end of the year.

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. A Grade 5 or above in an art related subject would be an advantage but is not essential. A keen interest in photography is required. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team

Course Overview

On This Course You Will Study

During the first year, students are required to produce a portfolio containing a project and examples of photography such as darkroom and digital techniques.

During the second year, students are required to produce a Personal Investigation Project based on an idea, issue, concept or theme created into a practical project, supported by a 1000-3000 essay. This project can be produced using any photographic techniques such as black and white photography, digital photography, Photoshop and Premiere. The exam project is a practical project taken in the Summer term.

Each year we take students to exhibitions locally, in London and have the opportunity to go on a four day European Study trip.

This course comprises 60% coursework and 40% exam.

Progression & Careers

Students wishing to pursue a career in the Art and Design Industry usually undertake a Foundation Course, followed by a Degree Course. A Foundation Course lasts for one year and students can enrol in a college in the local area. During Foundation Courses, students will learn many new art and design skills and build up a portfolio of work that can be taken along to desired Degree Course interviews. Students apply for Degree Courses during Foundation Courses; there are many different courses all over the country to choose from. Studying A Level Photography can lead to a Foundation Course in Art & Design and ultimately onto a range of university degree courses and careers in:

  • Film;
  • Video and Television;
  • Animation;
  • Illustration;
  • Graphics;
  • Fine Art and Community Arts;
  • Journalism;
  • Journalist Photography;
  • Fashion Photography;
  • Commercial and Corporate Photography;
  • Forensic Photography;
  • Media and Communication;
  • Film Studies;
  • Film Production for the Music Industry;
  • Digital Media;
  • Games Design; the list goes on and on.

Where can I find out more?

Point of contact:

Julia Payne

Team Leader of Art

Contact Julia Payne who looks after this Photography course on:

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