Art and 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


The photography qualification will introduce students to a variety of
photography and lens-based materials, processes and techniques exploring
both traditional and new technologies. The course will develop student’s skills
in studio and outdoor photography gaining an understanding of portraiture,
landscape, still-life, documentary, fashion, multimedia and photographic


Students will gain a good understanding of the DSLR camera and other
traditional photography methods to be able to use the manual settings
confidently in producing a professional level of photography outcomes. During
the first year students will explore the manual camera settings in a studio
and outdoor setting and understand how to manipulate the photographs
using a variety of relevant and up to date technology. The qualification has
the potential to tailor the personal investigation to each individual student’s
interests and needs such as landscape photography or portraiture.

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Personal Investigation - 60% of A Level
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment – 40% of A Level
Across the qualification students will focus on 4 key assessment objectives:
AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed
by contextual sources
AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques
and processes
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade 4 in an Art or Technology based subject at GCSE, or a pass at NCFE
or BTEC (Level 2)

Your next steps...

This qualification has the potential to develop into any photography-based
degree at university. Possible future career paths might include; fashion
photographer, studio portrait photographer, wedding photographer, food
photographer, travel photographer, marketing and advertising, commercial
photographer, videographer or photojournalist.