What will I study

A-Level Photography allows you to work using a range of photography techniques which will include; traditional lens based photography and darkroom techniques, digital photography with digital editing including Photoshop, use of lighting, studio, close-up, location work and landscape photography

How will I be assessed

The A level qualification requires a series of small projects that build to a coursework component called ‘Personal Investigation’ worth 60% of the whole qualification. This is followed by the Externally set Assignment worth 40%

Why study A Level Photography?

This course is aimed at students who are passionate about photography and lens based media. It is a complex and exciting art form. Students produce quality stimulating photographs which stand out from the mass produced images associated with social media. We aim to introduce students to the real core of photography.

Students will explore digital and darkroom techniques and processes allowing them to develop their understanding of the key elements of photography.

A good photographer needs to be able to read situations, to anticipate and to react. The course includes a strong academic element in which students are challenged to analyse and critique the work of others.

Students will explore the different disciplines such as fine art photography, studio based still life and portraiture, film and digital photography and editing techniques. They will be encouraged to visit museums and galleries as part of their own studies with a high emphasis upon developing skills as an independent learner. This course provides a springboard to a wide range of possible career paths and post-18 studies.

It is a fantastic time to enter the world of photography with technical advances in new software and hardware continually being unveiled alongside the resurgence of more historical photography techniques.

Entry requirements

Standard Grace Academy 6th Form entry requirements.

It can lead to careers such as:

Progression after the sixth form could include access to general degree courses or a specialist degree in the Visual Arts or an occupation that builds upon creative and practical skills