Art and Design: Photography

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


A Level Photograph provides the opportunity for students to develop a broad range of photographic skills using traditional analogue methods, digital editing, design, editorial and Fine Art outcome, such as scupture and installation.


The course requires students to make in-depth personal and imaginative responses to a given theme. Students use research and problem-solving to independently develop ideas. Analysis of visual imagery helps students to interpret visual language and use it to communicate complex and personal concepts.

The course consists of two components:

Component 1 which makes up 60% of the mark is in two parts: Practical work and Personal study.

Component 2 is the Externally Set Assignment, which makes up 40% of the mark.

For both components sketchbook work needs to be informed purposeful and extensive.  Students must carry out focused independent research, from both primary source investigation, exploration and experimentation, before developing their final outcomes.  Independent work is demanding and students must be prepared to be hard working and innovative risk takers.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 in both English Language and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at Grade 4 or above.


GCSE Art & Design Grade 5 or above 

Your next steps...

This course enables students to pursue Art and Design and Photography courses at a higher vocational or degree level. Our Photography students have successfully completed degree courses in a range of disciplines, such as Fine Art Photography, Fashion Photography, Theatrical Make-up, Film-making and Illustration.