Course: Photography A-Level

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code

Photography A-Level


Sixth Form College


2 Years



New students often consider Art & Photography as ‘a hobby’ which they have an interest in. Studying Art or Photography at A-level requires a commitment to learning, working independently, and developing skills and knowledge which goes beyond this. This needs to be taken into careful consideration when selecting these subjects at A-level. It is a highly academic subject but also a very rewarding and creative outlet. To be successful at A-Level Photography you will need to be able to:

  • Think creatively and develop personal ideas
  • Work independently and be a reflective learner
  • Carry out in-depth research and write about your findings
  • Be enthusiastic about completing practical work
  • Be interested in learning about how to ‘read’ and analyse imagery
  • Take photographs regularly to bring to lessons and work on
  • Manage workload and complete regular personal targets
  • Present work so that it is visually pleasing and appropriately responds to artists.

A-level photography will encourage you to develop your creative, imaginative and intellectual powers. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of photography in contemporary society and in different historical contexts, themes and cultures. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to explore personal ideas through sustained investigations using a wide range of photographic techniques. Photography can be defined as embracing images created by digital as well as chemical means, and by a combination of the two, as well as with mixed media processes. Students will be taught and expected to explore and produce practical and critical/contextual work in multiple photographic genres.

A-level Photography is completed over 2 years (there will be no AS qualification in the academic year 2017-18 at Lowestoft Sixth Form college).

Component 1 ‐ Personal Investigation*= 60% of overall A-level grade

Component 2 ‐ Externally Set Assignment = 40% of overall A-level grade

* Component 1 requires a 2000‐3000 word personal study essay to accompany practical outcomes.

What We Add

  • Photographic studio equipped with professional quality lighting, accessories, and Mac Suite.
  • Nikon Digital SLR cameras.
  • Adobe editing software (Photoshop, InDesign, Bridge, Premiere Pro).
  • Opportunities to visit various galleries (locally, nationally, internationally) and practical field trips to develop your photographic skills.


You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A-Level courses. Additional subject entry criteria: Grade C in GCSE Art or Photography Owning a personal digital camera, with memory storage card, and accessories is preferable.


Photography combines well with Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles, Creative Media, Film, Sociology, Creative writing, English, and ICT. It is a perfect subject if you want to consider a career in photojournalism, advertising, fashion photography, graphic designing, set design, illustration, and commercial photography. It is also very suitable for those who wish to progress to Art Foundation courses, or University Degree courses after their A-Level completion.

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