Art & Design Course - AS/A Level Photography

AS/A Level Photography

Art and Design Courses

This course will teach you about photography as an expressive art form. You will learn about the importance of the photograph as not just a medium of recording but also as a form of communication. You will be given the opportunity to produce photographs that are visually interesting, through the exploration of both darkroom and digital processes. This course is extremely practical and challenging but it is also theoretical and you will undertake lessons in contextual awareness in order to help you enhance analytical skills. If you are a creative, self-motivated and independent person who likes a challenge, then this is the course for you.

AS Specification

The AS represents the first year of a two year A level qualification but it can be studied separately. It consists of one unit: UNIT 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (40% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated.

A2 Specification

The A level consists of the AS Unit 1 plus two additional units: UNIT 2: Personal Investigation (36% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated. UNIT 3: Externally Set Assignment (24% of A level), internally assessed, externally moderated. Assessment

Career Prospects

Many students who study photography pursue the subject to HE level. This opens up a variety of career paths, from working in commercial, advertising, editorial photography, photojournalism or as a photographic artist.

Entry Requirements

Six GCSE's to include Maths, English and an Art & Design subject. Potential applicants without an Art and Design GCSE, may apply, but will be asked to bring a portfolio of photographs with them when interviewed.

Course Costs

Students can loan out college cameras by paying a 10 deposit, however it would be advisable to invest in your buying your own camera. Film: 5.50 Darkroom paper: 1.50 for 5 sheets Inkjet paper: A4 = 50p, A3 = 1.50 Sketchbooks: £5.00


All coursework units are internally assessed throughout the academic year and externally moderated in June.

Length of Course

Two Years

Examining Board




Contact Details

Alex Herriot
Tel: 01639 648338
Email: [email protected]