Are you creative and imaginative? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different ways? If so, you should consider taking Photography. You will enjoy developing your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to you.

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture. Many photographers have explored various techniques
to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it.

On the course itself, you will learn about the work of photographers before going on to creatively develop and explore your own ideas using a range of both traditional and digital techniques and processes. You will be expected to demonstrate your skills and knowledge of photography in a sketchpad leading to a final outcome for each unit of work.

Photography can lead to specific careers such as; A filmmaker, photojournalist, picture editor, researcher, and teacher or a photographer in; commercial, fashion, forensic, medical and sports. But it is also a useful qualification to have if you are thinking of any career in the visual arts and can lead to work in graphic design, animation, digital media as well as film and television.

Course Outline

The AS is a one year course which comprises of two units of work:
Unit 1 - Coursework portfolio
Unit 2 - AS Externally set assignment

The A Level is a two year course which students who have successfully completed the AS course to a C or above standard can progress on to, it also comprises of two units of work:
Unit 1 - Personal investigation
Unit 2 - A2 Externally set assignment


The AS is assessed with the completion of a coursework portfolio and externally set assignment with unit 1 comprising of 60% and unit 2 is 40% of the total AS mark.
The A Level is assessed at the completion of the personal investigation unit and externally set assignment with comprising unit 1 comprising of 60% and unit 2 is 40% of the final A level mark.


AS level
GCSE Grade B in Art or equivalent
GCSE Grade 5 in English

AS Photography Grade C