Course Overview

The A Level Photography course is designed to introduce learners to 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.

WJEC Art and Design (Photography) / Accredited by Welsh Government

  • Year 1 (100% coursework with no exams)
  • AS Unit 1 - Personal Creative Enquiry
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 40% of qualification

Year 2 (100% coursework with no exams)

  • A Level Unit 2 - Personal Investigation
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 36% of qualification
  • Part one and two: Workbook and Final Outcome.

A Level Unit 3 - Externally Set Assignment

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 24% of qualification
  • Part one: Preparatory Study Period
  • Part two: 15 hour Period of Sustained Focus (non-exam assessment)

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 fine art to name just a few areas in this fascinating subject.

The final presentation of the learners' work will be submitted as a workbook, accompanied by a final piece which will include a selection of the strongest visual work.



Entry Requirements

A creative arts subject at GCSE is recommended, but not essential.

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through practical workshops and formal lectures, including camera handling skills, along with 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, half termly reviews, internal assessment and external assessment via the examining body.

Progression Opportunities

The Art and Design Foundation Diploma at Gower College Swansea.

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 the printing of your images and workbooks. During the course, you will be offered the chance to participate in field trips.

There is a £30 studio fee for this course.

Course deliverable in Welsh: