Level 3, A-Level

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

Girl7A-Level Photography will see you develop the skills necessary to produce thought-provoking images, while you experiment with a range of methods and approaches. 

Photography’s digitisation means that much more of the work is computer-based, but you will also work on graphic and mixed-media projects.

You will respond imaginatively to set briefs and express your individuality as you explore subjects like: Street Photography, Portraiture, Montage, Depth, Dimension and Narrative.


Year One

  • Coursework Portfolio.

 Year Two

  • Personal Investigation
  • Externally Set Assignment.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You’ll learn to use appropriate digital technologies to create photographic work in many contexts including:

  • Editorial
  • Documentary
  • Fine Art.

Your final mark will be established 60% through your course work, and 40% through controlled tests.

What Could I Do Next?

  • Studying photography will equip you with some of the study skills required for Higher Education.
  • The course provides an excellent introduction to the most important aspects of Photography and its various career opportunities.
  • Previous students have progressed to prestigious Photography and multi-media degree courses in recent years, and some of the most dedicated and enterprising have gained employment in the creative and media industries.

General Entry Requirements

Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths.

If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Grade C/4 or above in an Art & Design or Creative Media GCSE subject preferred
  • Students who have not taken a GCSE in an Art and Design or Creative Media subject may present a portfolio of work to demonstrate passion, commitment and ability at an acceptable level.

Additional Costs

You will need access to a digital camera with full manual and creative controls, in order to learn the essential concepts regarding aperture and shutter-speed. A ‘single-lens reflex’ camera would be ideal. As a minimum expectation, cameras should meet the following criteria:

  • Shutter speed range – 1/1000-1/30 seconds
  • Film speed range (ISO) – 100-3200
  • Resolution – 8-12MP
  • Zoom capability – at least 3x optical.

Recommended brands include Canon, Nikon and Fuji. More detailed information and advice concerning cameras is available from the Media Department.

In order to develop a substantial portfolio of photography, some Additional costs will be incurred when printing, mounting and presenting work; usually this comes to around £100. Support for the production of coursework and assignments may be available in cases of financial hardship.

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