16-18 Courses, 16-18: A Levels

Art and Design: Photography (A Level)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

GCSE Average Points Score: 4.3, Grade 4 English Language GCSE, Grade 4 Maths GCSE, GCSE Art & Design 4 or Portfolio

Course information

Throughout this exciting two-year digital Photography course you will learn how to use a DSLR camera and develop digital editing skills using industry standard software. On the course you will have an opportunity to work in a number of different photographic genres, including portraiture, landscape, urban, still-life, fashion and beauty, abstract and advertising. You will develop research and analytical skills, and in response to a number of different briefs you will create imaginative and innovative outcomes. You will produce a digital portfolio of your work.

The Photography course will enable you to develop the creative skills and confidence to work within the creative arts. During the first year of the course you will complete a course induction and work both independently and in groups on a number of different projects. In the second year you will complete an independent coursework project and take part in a practical 15 hour exam. You will also produce a Personal Study which takes the form of an extended essay.

You can expect to:

  • Learn how to use a DSLR camera
  • Develop digital editing skills using Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Research and analyse the work of contemporary photographers
  • Work individually and in groups
  • Create an individualised digital portfolio of work
  • Organise photo-shoots in your independent time
  • Visit galleries and exhibitions

The course is studied with two or three other A Levels. It may be studied alongside any of our creative courses, including Fine Art, Graphics, Architecture or any of the Creative Media options. Analytical courses such as Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Religious Studies and Government and Politics are also complementary.

To explore the course specification further, please use the following link:

Edexcel AS and A level Art and Design 2015 | Pearson qualifications

  • How you are assessed

    60% Coursework, 40% Exam

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What Can This Course Lead To

Progress to university, further study, a higher level apprenticeship or employment.

The A Level Photography course can lead to further study in Photography or Art and Design. Students can progress to the Art and Design Foundation Diploma at our Epping Forest campus, which will facilitate progression to university courses. A Level Photography has enabled many of our students to progress onto a number of degree courses, including Digital Photography, Fashion Photography and Commercial Photography. Careers include graphic designer, magazine features editor, photographer or press photographer.

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