“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution” Ansel Adams

Explore the creative possibilities of this exciting medium.

Course Overview
Year 1

Component 1: 

September – January: Students develop a range of photographic techniques and skills, digital and darkroom, through workshop based sessions aimed at building creativity and subject knowledge.

February – May: Students will select from a number of themes, visual starting points, briefs and stimuli to develop original outcomes. It is at this point where the decision to enter for the AS level is made.  Students sitting AS will select a theme from an AQA externally set assignment and produce a final outcome within 10 hours controlled assessment time.

Year 2

Component 1: Personal investigation & related study continuing from independent study in year 1. Students produce two elements:
1. A portfolio of practical work,
2. A related study of continuous prose with a guided minimum of 1,000 words.
Component 2: Students will select from number of AQA set themes, and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli and produce a final outcome within 15 hours controlled assessment time (externally set assignment)

Coursework: 60% Externally set assignment: 40%


Students can go on to complete foundation diplomas in art and design or lens based media. They can also go onto study photography; illustration; fashion photography; graphic design; photo journalism; forensic photography at university.


Fashion photographer; magazine photographer; graphic designer; free lance photographer; photo journalism; a career within TV.

Photography has changed my perception of the world around us

Daniel, student

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

Minimum grade C at GCSE in Photography or Art


Teacher assessed and externally moderated

Opportunities for work-related activities:

There are a variety of trips offered from visits to Museum and Galleries in London and locally. External workshops by industry experts and community projects.


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