Photography: A Level

Who do I speak to? Ms. Reynolds

Why study Photography?

• By the end of the course you will be able to take and edit an image professionally and creatively

• You will learn how to develop ideas creatively, gain analytical and critical skills – a foundation needed for any university application or further employment

• You could consider jobs in fashion, editorial or documentary photography.

What’s it all about?

• The A Level Photography course consists of both traditional and digital practice

• In traditional you develop skills in darkroom practices. In digital you will develop skills in CS4 Photoshop using the Apple Mac computers

• You will be able to use an SLR camera in both film and digital

• We have a partnership with Spike Island where students visit contemporary artists, photographers and designers. This helps get them onto a degree or foundation course. Visit

When will I be assessed?

• AS (Year 1)- consists of Unit 1: Coursework (60%) The coursework consists of 2 projects in traditional and digital photography. Unit 2: Exam (40%) – 6 weeks preparation to consider ideas and take photos. The exam is 2 days editing final images

• A Level (Year 2) Unit 3: Coursework (60%) Pupils produce an individual project e.g. portraiture, photomontage, landscape, movement, etc. Unit 4: Exam (40%) – 6 weeks preparation with a 3 day Exam to edit your final images.

What could it lead to?

• Universities have individually confirmed that this qualification fulfils their entry requirements when achieved alongside other qualifications

• You can apply to do an Art foundation course, a degree in Fine Art, Media, Film or Animation. You can also access a degree in Fashion, Editorial or Documentary Photography leading to employment in those specialist areas.

Additional entry requirements?

• None.