A Level Photography - Block A @ The Leigh Academy

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 TLA-9
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A Level Photography will give you the opportunity to be creative and expressive. You will learn the technical aspects of photography, as well how to create sophisticated pieces. It would be an advantage to have a digital SLR camera at the beginning of the course. This is a two year A Level course.


Year 1

  • Coursework Portfolio

Year 2

  •  Personal Investigation
  • Externally Set Assignment

How will it be delivered?

Students are expected to be self-directed and to develop their own theme to explore. Through their coursework they will further develop and improve their practical skills in relation to their chosen area of study. They will develop their drawing, painting and 3D skills, experimenting with media and exploring a range of Photography contexts and aspects of street, studio and issue based Photography.

Alongside the critical research they do, students will write an extended essay of 3000 words which link to the student’s own practical investigations. This is marked separately. This is the coursework unit. For A2 there is a timed public examination of 15 hours with a question set by Edexcel. Students are expected to have developed confidence and a sophisticated approach to their work and to be independent learners keen to achieve their best. 

Entry requirements

  • 5+ 9-4 grades in GCSEs including English.
  • Grade 4 in Art or Graphics preferred.

Your next steps...

This course will prepare you for an Undergraduate degree course at University.


Careers could include:

  • Photographer
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Visual Artist
  • Curator
  • Advertiser
  • Film/ T.V editor