Art & Design (Photography) A Level

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?

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


Photography could lead to academic or vocational degrees and careers relating to Press Photography, Photojournalism, Fine Art, Editing, Fashion Photography and Styling, Film, Forensic Science, Curating and many others. You will develop skills in creative and practical problem solving, developing ideas through research, practical application, analysis and critique. These transferable skills gained through the study of photography are, in general, applicable to many walks of life.


The new A Level in Photography is a two year course, which has two components. Coursework which counts for 60% of the final grade, and an exam which takes place at the end of the second year which counts for the remaining 40% coursework starts with an investigation into a range of different photographic techniques and processes, including photo shop. Then, after selecting a personal starting point, they will take their own photographs which will be used as a basis for experimentation. This will enable them to develop and refine their ideas and lead to a creative finished piece of work. They will also undertake an in-depth written study and analysis of an aspect of photography and artist’s work that relates to their ideas. Candidates receive the exam paper at the beginning of February of the second year and after a planning and preparation time of approximately eight weeks; undertake a fifteen hour exam during which they produce a finished piece of work.

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students have their own camera.