A Level Photography

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AP
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The main aim of the Photography course is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and enhance your personal creativity. You will gain a working knowledge of photographic materials, practices and technology within the discipline, allowing you to develop the skills required to interpret, record and convey your ideas effectively.

We can offer you darkroom facilities, studio lighting, Nikon digital and analogue SLRs, Adobe Creative Cloud software on our iMac computers in the studio, plus a myriad of techniques offered by our tutors.

A-level Photography is demanding and rigorous. The course will challenge your intellect, creativity and imagination.

There is a yearly course fee for darkroom materials and exhibition prints.


In your first year of study you will be actively engaged in developing your photographic skills in a variety of processes, such as critical analysis, digital imagery, image manipulation, darkroom practices, studio lighting and exhibiting.

You will consider and analyse photography in its historical and contemporary context, reviewing the work of photographers and photographic processes.

We have equipment and facilities for you on site, including sophisticated industry-standard software, darkroom processes, digital and analogue SLRs and technical studio lighting.

During the second year you will expand on theory and practice developed so far, exploring and refining techniques further to meet the needs of your ideas. Your second year will also be composed of a 15 hour practical exam and a critical analysis essay.

Ultimately, you will build an effective and balanced portfolio of work that demonstrates technical skills, theory based knowledge and critical analysis. This portfolio may be used for interview at higher educational level, for securing external exhibitions or for entering industry at apprenticeship or employment level.

How will it be delivered?

  • Personal Investigation worth 60% (inclusive of an extended contextual research essay) 
  • Externally set exam worth 40% (inclusive of a 15 hour examination and preparatory studies)

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Your next steps...

Photography A-level will offer you the chance to attend a Higher Education institute to pursue a degree in:

  • photography
  • photojournalism
  • fashion photography
  • documentary photography
  • graphic design
  • fine art
  • radiography
  • and many more  

You will also have a portfolio of work if you wish to enter industry at both apprenticeship and employment level.

This course aids your creative intelligence, heightens your visual awareness, addresses visual literacy and gives you a high level of technical/ICT skills.