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Photography A-Level

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade 4 GCSE in English This course involves a lot of reading, writing and analysing images. You will be required to write 3000 word essay.

Who is it for?

This two year A Level course is for students who are passionate about Photography and are looking to build upon and extend their creative skills. A Level Photography gives students exposure to different aspects of Photography and the arts, allowing them to display their abilities in a variety of artistic disciplines.

Course Structure

Component 1: Personal investigation (60% of A Level, no time limit, 96 marks).

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of A Level, supervised time 15 hours, 96 marks.

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media techniques and processes. You will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies and you will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of Art & Design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Your responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions in Photography. You will be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of the photographic process as well as final outcomes.


You will be assessed using the four A Level assessment objectives:

AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

University Pathways

This qualification compliments many degree choices, such as: Photography, Advertising, Journalism, Fashion Journalism, Digital Arts, Art and Design, Animation and Art Direction

Career Opportunities

Photography degrees are highly sought after and offer a wide spectrum of career opportunities such as:

Photojournalism, Commerical Photography, Advertising, Fashion Photography, Forensic Photography, Fashion Stylist, Food Photography, Image Researcher, Editorial/Post-Production, Art Direction, Director of Photography and Journalism..