A Level Courses

Art and Design (Photography)

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Sixth Form
  • Qualification

    A Level Courses
  • Subject

    Art and Design
  • Schedule

    Timetable dependent (Day)
  • Duration

    72 Weeks
  • Course Target


Course Fees

No fees

Entry requirements

English Language and Art & Design (or equivalent) grade 4. If you do not have grade 4 in Art and Design, a portfolio of 15 examples/images is required at interview. All Level 3 subjects require a minimum of five grade 4 GCSEs in total.


Throughout this exciting two-year digital Photography course you will learn how to use a DSLR camera and develop digital editing skills using media software such as Adobe Photoshop. 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 using Tumblr.

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 Photoshop and Nik Collection
  • 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.

  • Assessment Criteria

    60% Coursework, 40% Exam

Further Information

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 Ardleigh Green 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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