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Discover your creative ability as you enhance your photographic expertise and technique

Explore photographic skills and techniques and develop your creativity with a Photography A-Level.

On successful completion of the course, along with other A-Level qualifications, you may progress directly into higher education or to an Art Foundation Diploma.

You will be given a summer project designed to be used at the start of the academic programme. You will require a range of basic art equipment and materials. Further advice about equipment and materials will be provided during the course.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

You follow the Edexcel specification.

First year (AS)

  • Unit 1: Coursework (60% of AS-level; 30% of full A-level). Skills building in experimental approaches to drawing, painting and mixed media tasks followed by an internally-set art project.
  • Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40% of AS-level; 20% of full A-level). Externally-set project with theme provided by Edexcel. Timed final outcome under exam conditions. 

Second year (A2)

  • Unit 3: Coursework – Personal study (60% of AS-level; 30% of full A-level) Students self-select a topic/ theme to investigate. Extensive artists’ research, together with a written essay of between 1,000 and 3,000 words, is required, plus a significant body of practical artwork as a creative response to the theme. 
  • Unit 4: Externally set assignment (40% of AS-level; 20% of full A-level). Externally-set project with theme provided by Edexcel. Timed final outcome under exam conditions.

 

 

How I'll learn

A significant body of work will be produced that reflects your individual creativity, skills, interests and approach. If you want to pursue further study in art and design, you will be supported while you compile a personal portfolio of creative artwork that may be taken to interview for an Art Foundation Diploma course, or for direct entry to higher education.

You will research the work of other photographers, past and present, and find your own voice. Exploring a wide range of photographic skills, including non-lens based media and techniques, developing and printing black and white (B&W) film, as well as studio techniques and location photography. Learn the importance of formal elements of design in composition, and the role of photography in visual communication in historical and contemporary contexts. Produce work with both SLR and digital cameras. 

In timetabled sessions, activities include practical work, research, presentations and critiques, and may be undertaken independently and in small groups. Homework will usually be set once a week, and may include research and preparation for classes as well as starting and continuing with practical work.

Classes are timetabled for four and half hours per week, usually between 9am and 5.30pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled lessons, talks, tutorials and workshops. In addition, you can expect to attend study trips and visits to art and design exhibitions and museums as relevant to set assignments.

 

How I'll be assessed

Coursework units are assessed internally by subject tutors, and sampled for moderation by Edexcel. Projects and assignments for coursework are set by subject tutors. Externally set assignments are overseen by Edexcel and you are required to produce your finished work within a specified time limit. The work is then internally assessed by subject tutors and sampled for moderation by the EdExcel external examiner. Grades are awarded by Edexcel.

 

 

Entry Requirements

All A-level students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 (or equivalent), but excluding PE, dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and should be able to show examples of some previous art and design work to demonstrate interest and potential.

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.)

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.