(AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design – Photography)


Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative
thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they
take a picture. Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make
a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting
aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it. During the course you
will explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You should demonstrate
your awareness of both traditional and new technologies.
There are 3 coursework units:

– Portfolio
– Personal Investigation. No time limit. 3000 words written content – 60%
– Externally Set Assignment. Preparatory period and 15 hours supervised time – 40%


Previous study of Art at GCSE is not essential, but a good grade at this level will indicate your
suitability for the A Level course.


It is useful but not essential for students have their own camera. Students should have an SD card
for storing images. If students do own a DSLR camera it is useful to have a tripod (£10).
You will need to have an A3 sketchbook for each unit of work. These can be purchased from the
Art Department for £4.00. Good quality pens for annotation are vital.


The course will be assessed through practical work and an end of course examination.

general comments

Be prepared, before and during the course to visit places and exhibitions to see examples of Art,
Design and Architecture at first hand. You will be expected to take photographs as evidence for
your sketchbook. Photography students will need to make time for photoshoots at a variety of
locations out of school depending on their chosen theme.


After completing the A Level course many students choose to further their studies by taking a
one-year Foundation Course at Art College or study further at university. Studying a photography
related degree at university will give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities, including:

Commercial Photographer • Fashion Photographer • Film-maker • Fine Art Photographer
Forensic Photographer • Industrial Photographer • Medical Photographer • Nature Photographer
Photographic Illustrator • Photographic Technician • Teacher • Photo-journalist • Picture Editor
Researcher • Social Photographer • Sports Photographer