Art and Design (Photography)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code 60149589
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A Level Photography can lead to direct entry onto higher education photography courses and is an excellent supporting subject for progression to higher education
in art and design. Expectations are very high and results are excellent.

Student feedback on the course is consistently very positive. Student’s individuality is encouraged and respected. Teaching studios are stimulating and well equipped with high quality photographic equipment and computers. Staff, including a professional photographer, are experienced and give expert, personalised tuition.

There is a comprehensive enrichment programme fully supported by staff. In year 13, extra tuition is given on Further and Higher Education entry, portfolio preparation and interview technique. There are very good links with local FE colleges.


What will I learn at A Level?

SLR digital photography and Photoshop digital manipulation. You will also record in a range of materials including drawing techniques. There is a huge emphasis on research and you will develop resources looking at contextual work from contemporary and historical sources. You will explore your own personal responses to themes and be encouraged to present your work creatively. We display work from our students prominently in our gallery and visitors are always impressed with the quality of the work.

Your coursework involves you investigating a personalised theme through the medium of photography. You will research, investigate and experiment with photographic techniques and processes in order to create photographic outcomes that realise your creative intentions. Demonstrating an understanding of the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers is crucial at Outwood and underpins everything we do. Our London gallery experience brings you face to face with the artists who matter.

Your Externally Set Assignment (ESA) in year 13 involves you investigating a theme set by the exam board. The ESA gives you the opportunity to build on the learning from your coursework. The ESA finishes with a 15 hour period of independent work during which you will produce your final ESA outcomes. We encourage you to be ambitious in your outcomes and produce work of exhibition standard.


How will it be delivered?

How will I be assessed at A Level?

Component 1:  Coursework 60%

Internally set, internally marked, externally moderated.  This takes place throughout year 12 and the first term in year 13.

Component 2:  Externally Set Assignment 40%

Externally set, internally marked, externally moderated.  This takes place in the Spring term in year 13.

Entry requirements

We require students to have passed some form of visual art qualification at KS4.  This is a creative Art course, not a course of photographic techniques.  High standards are only achieved by students who use photography as a medium for their creative visual ideas.  Visual learning at this level is much more demanding than most students realise.  Ambition and determination are required because this learning will challenge you.

Your next steps...

The visual and creative arts (including photography) are big businesses with a huge number of specialisms.  Creative industries in the UK contribute £60 billion to the economy and employ 1.4 million people.  People with creative skills are highly valued in a rapidly changing world of work.

The potential career possibilities for Photography graduates are extensive with innovations in media and technology constantly creating new opportunities.  These include web based industries, multimedia industries, advertising, architecture, fine art and commercial art, computer related design, fashion, film and television, graphic design, photography, print media and teaching.