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Photography

A level

On this course, you will learn to communicate effectively through developing a visual language, responding creatively to concepts, issues and themes. You will explore a wide range of cameras and processes to take incredible images. Learning to use both traditional and digital cameras will help you to become a better photographer and prepare you for further study and employment in a variety of creative industries.

As well as learning new technical skills, studying Photography will enhance your understanding of society and culture. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on developing your creativity through studying the work and techniques of established Photographers to use as inspiration in the development of your own projects.

All our teachers are specialists in the subject, and they will encourage you to be proactive as you explore new techniques, styles and influences. We offer excellent facilities to help you learn including light, spacious Mac suites, a professional photographic studio and a large, well-equipped darkroom.

Students benefit from participating in exciting enrichment opportunities, such as studio workshops, exhibitions, competitions, trips to galleries and location shoots. We also offer great international trips to give you inspiration and enhance your portfolio.

Course Content

Photography is now an essential communication skill for the 21st Century; we are surrounded by images on Social Media increasingly we are recording our everyday lives. On this course, you will learn how to communicate effectively through developing your own visual language, responding creatively to concepts, issues and themes.

You will explore a wide range of cameras and processes to take incredible images. Learning to use both traditional and digital cameras will help you to become a better photographer and prepare you for a career in a variety of the creative industries.

You will be encouraged to take an independent and proactive approach as you learn new skills and explore new ways of thinking. You will learn how to produce a photographic project from the initial ideas stage through to refining and presenting your outcomes in the coursework portfolio.

Specialist staff will teach you throughout the course with an emphasis on developing your creativity through studying the work and techniques of established Photographers.

The course will introduce you to new skills in both digital and film photography. We offer excellent facilities including light, spacious, Mac suites and access to a professional standard photographic studio and a large, well-equipped darkroom.

Choosing this course gives you an advantage if you are considering further study in photography as it allows you to extend and explore your ideas thoroughly.


Assessment

  • 40% Exam
  • 60% Coursework
  • Exam Board: AQA

Special Features

During the course, there are regular opportunities to visit local and national galleries. In the past, these have included portrait workshops held at the National Portrait Gallery led by renowned photographers.

Practical location visits such as ‘Street Photography’ in London are also an important part of the educational experience. There is also an international residential trip to, Paris for the ‘Photo Festival’.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Photography, or equivalent, if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

After their A-Levels students’ have progressed onto a range of specialist photography courses to study at degree level, including…

  • Photojournalism at University of South Wales in Cardiff,
  • Fashion Photography at University of the Arts in London,
  • Natural History and Editorial Photography at Falmouth University.

Other students progressed to study a BA in Photography at Brighton, Bristol UWE, Norwich University of the Arts, Bournemouth, Southampton, Westminster, London, Leeds, Manchester, and University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

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