Course Overview

The A Level Photography course is designed to introduce learners into the creative field of photography.

You will develop an understanding of location portraiture and experimental approaches to photography. During the course, you will have access to our studio to produce high quality images, and our traditional darkroom for black and white printing.

Photographic practical experience will be supported by an understanding of technical applications, including traditional film and digital photography.

  • ART1 Coursework assignment
  • ART2 Exam practical question
  • ART3 Coursework assignment
  • ART4 Exam practical question

The history of photography and the practice of contemporary practitioners will form a foundation to develop one's style, which can cover documentary, landscape, fashion sport, and abstract but to name a few areas in this fascinating subject.

The final presentation of the learners' work will be submitted as research/work books, accompanied by mounted boards with a selection of the strongest visual work.

Updated July 2017

Entry Requirements

Although potential learners may not possess a formal qualification in photography, it is useful to have a creative background e.g. art or graphics at GCSE, although this is not essential.


Course Delivery

The course is delivered through formal lectures and practical workshops including the use of a black and white darkroom, photographic studio and digital darkroom.

Learners are expected to produce much of their coursework outside of class on location shoots, as well as attending a number of field studies as a group, with hands on demonstrations from lecturing staff.

Assessment of the course is achieved through critiques throughout the course, internal assessment and external assessment via the examining body.

Progression Opportunities

Successful candidates can progress on to foundation or degree level courses, or perhaps gain employment in the media and photographic industry.

Additional Information

We do recommend that you acquire a 35mm DSLR camera but this is not essential. Other costs include photo quality digital printing paper, work books and mount board. During the course, you will be offered the chance to participate in field trips.

There is a £25 studio fee for this course.


Vivienne Ventress on 01792 890700

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A Level and GCSE
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