A-Level Photography

Did You Know?

“You have to take a lot of bad pictures. Don’t’ be afraid to take bad pictures… You have to take a lot of bad pictures in order to know when you’ve got a good one.” Martin Parr.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board




What do I need to study this course?

GCSE or BTEC in an Art, Media, or a design-based subject, or a keen interest in photography with a portfolio of work. It is advised students have their own DSLR camera for the course. A camera can be bought through college and a payment scheme is in place allowing the cost to be shared into monthly payments.

What will I study?

You will learn about various photographic techniques, and put them into practice. Students can work in one or more areas, including portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, photojournalism, and fashion photography. You will complete a personal investigation, creating a portfolio of work, and sit externally set practical assignment, supported by written material. We will look at a wide range of historical and contemporary photographers, artists, designers and craftspeople.

What next?

The course will help students wishing to undertake further studies in photography, art or design related subjects. Students could also progress into other design related subjects, including graphic design, architecture, and fashion.

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