Photography is a creative course that allows students to develop a passion for showing the world in a different light. Each student will need access to a camera with fully manual settings for independent shoots. There is a strong technical element to this course with regard to understanding camera settings and manipulating images through Photoshop.

The course includes visits to galleries and related workshops.

Entry requirements

GCSE Photography or Art and Design at grade B or above. Students who have not studied Photography or Art at GCSE level will need to present examples of their work that have been undertaken recently.

Course Content

Year 12

Students produce a series of mini projects to develop technical skills and explore a range of approaches to photography. The coursework portfolio (worth 60%) includes critical analysis, recording project development through power points, sketchbooks and experimental studies, and concluding with highly refined final images. The final exam (worth 40%) takes the form of an externally set project which includes a preparation period followed by a 10 hour controlled assessment.

Year 13

Students produce a portfolio of work (worth 60%) based on a theme or issue of personal interest. The final exam (worth 40%) takes the form of an externally set project which includes a preparation period followed by a 15 hour controlled assessment.

Future Opportunities

An A-Level in Photography provides foundation skills for a wide range of careers that involve the visual arts. This course could provide a pathway into a career such as an animator, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, product designer, production designer or even a role in theatre, television or film.