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Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Grade 6 at GCSE in any of the Art and Design endorsements

Course Content

This Advanced GCE specification requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

  • relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources (digital and chemical darkroom)
  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
  • ways in which photographs can be developed beyond the pure image using practical hand-on techniques, chemical developing and digital methods
  • a working visual / written vocabulary and specialist terminology with which to express their ideas.


The Photography course is tailored to encourage, enhance and challenge creativity, enabling students to achieve their potential. Students will need to analyse the work of other photographers, develop their ideas in response to them and explore a wide range of traditional, digital and art based manipulation techniques when developing ideas or creating a final piece.

Taking your own photographs outside of lesson time is fundamental to the course, and therefore access to a digital camera or camera phone (that you can transfer images onto a computer from) is essential. You must also be prepared to print your own photographs, which will incur a cost (this will vary depending on where you print your photographs).

Style Of Assessment

60% coursework and 40% exam and exam sketchbook (see Fine Art for details).

Whose kind of course?

The course is suited to students who prefer a practical and creative approach to studying Photography. It will also interest anyone who:

• May wish to pursue a career in Photography.

• Would like to continue studying this subject at University.

• Would prefer to be assessed by continuous coursework (60%) alongside a final exam (40%).

• May wish to specialise in certain areas of practical photography.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements can still apply but must arrange a portfolio interview with a member of the Art department during term 6 prior to starting the course.

Career Prospects

The course enables students to develop skills widely relevant to a huge range of careers for example visual literacy for media-based careers, analysis and communications for journalism and problem solving for engineering.

All aspects of the Art & Design industry including advertising, portraiture or fashion photography, photo journalism, television and film production, camera operations, graphic design and illustration. Related careers such as museums and galleries, publishing, animation, theatre design, art therapist or teacher.