Studying Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography is a popular A Level choice leading to a wide variety of university degrees.

A Level Photography - AQA

Course content: 
LVI will be spent learning the technical aspect of photography and then starting their first creative project. UVI students will begin Component/Unit 1: The Self-Identified Brief, which is a practical body of work supported by a 1,000–3,000-word essay. In February, students will receive their Component 2 exam paper and select a starting point, creating a body of work which leads towards a ten-hour exam in which to create a final outcome. Each of these projects is marked as a whole, with Component 1 worth 60% and Component 2 worth 40%.

Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography
  • awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of Photography
  • the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography
  • appreciation of viewpoint, composition, aperture, depth of field, shutter speed and movement
  • appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area(s) of Photography
  • understanding of techniques related to the production of photographic images and, where appropriate, presentation and layout.

Why study Photography?

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.

This course will make you a great creative thinker and you will be able to construct your photographic images so that they contain high visual appeal and visual communication. In this way you will be able to carve out your desired career in photography. The course is directed by AQA and assessment criteria make this course as much about project management as it is about photography. In this way the skills and academic requirement will enable you to build projects of your own. This will mean that you will be able to apply this knowledge to any other subject or profession where project management features.

Photography develops a wide range of skills, analytical and critical thinking and problem solving, which will be useful at University and future careers. Photography may offer a highly creative and hands-on alternative to other subjects you may be studying at A Level. Tuition is enjoyable, structured, friendly and supportive, resulting in high-grade achievements on this course.