Study option                                   Exam board                         Specification code

A Level two-year course             AQA                                                       7206

Why choose photography?

Visual images engage the viewer more directly and convey information more quickly than the printed word. Photography and film have surrounded us with images generated in part by the information explosion of the twenty-first century.

As an A Level photography student you will benefit from enthusiastic, expert teaching and excellent facilities including our own studio and darkroom.

Where can it lead?

Many careers exist for qualified and experienced photographers in the media. Degree courses and BTEC/HND courses in photography are offered by colleges and universities.

What and how will I study?

The ability to understand, reproduce and manipulate images forms the basis of the course. Computers and digital photography are important areas of study and form an integral part of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of your work is through a mix of coursework and externally set assignment:

Level Name Duration Weighting
A Level Personal investigation Continuous 60%
A Level Externally set assignment 15 hours plus preparatory period 40%

Are there any specific entry requirements?

There are no special entry requirements, but an interest in photography or art would help. If you have completed a GCSE photography course, you will be able to start on your project immediately. If you are new to photography you will have the opportunity to build up your skills before embarking on projects for assessment.

Having your own camera would enable you to take more images outside school.