A-Level Photography – September 2024

Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds. Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 2 years
Attendance: Full-time subject

Course Overview

Learners will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. Learners will explore a range of photography styles and techniques to build overarching knowledge, understanding and skills. Learners will demonstrate skills in the following areas… • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of photography • awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of photography • the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in photography • appreciation of viewpoint, composition, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement • appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area(s) of photography • understanding of techniques related to the production of photographic images and, where appropriate, presentation and layout. • Knowledge

Course Content

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• portraiture • landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment) • still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world) • documentary photography, photojournalism • fashion photography • experimental imagery • multimedia • photographic installation • moving image (video, film, animation)

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including maths and English and at least one grade 6 in a written subject.

Assessment Methods

  • The assessments will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives: AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources
  • demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources
  • media
  • materials
  • techniques and processes
  • reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. AO3: Record ideas
  • observations and insights relevant to intentions
  • reflecting critically on work and progress. AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and
  • where appropriate
  • makes connections between visual and other elements.


Photography could lead to academic or vocational degrees relating to Art careers, Advertising, Commercial work, Editorial, Fashion, Film, Food, Forensic, Industrial, Architectural, Ariel, Portraiture and Wedding photography, Sports and Travel, Press photography, Photojournalism, Fine Art, Editing, Fashion photography or Styling, the Film industry, Forensic science, Curating, Image Library.