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 t have their own camera. Students should have and SD card for storing images. If students do own a DSLR camera it is useful to have a tripod (£10)

You may need to have an A3 sketchbook for each unit of work. These can be purchased from the Art Department for £4.00. It is always useful for students to collect a range of collage materials for use in these; i.e: beads, wrapping paper, leaves, postcards etc. 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 • Filmmaker • Fine art photographer • Forensic photographer • Industrial photographer • Medical photographer • Nature photographer • Photographic illustrator • Photographic technician • Teacher • Photojournalist • Picture editor • Researcher • Social photographer • Sports photographer •