Entry requirements

English and Maths 4 and at a 4 or above in one of the following subjects;

  • Art and Design
  • 3D design
  • Graphic Design
  • Textile Design

Students who have not taken a creative subject at KS4 will still be considered by attending an interview and presenting a portfolio of photographic work.

What will I study

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

You will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Your responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework is worth 60% of your overall grade and an externally set assignment is worth 40%. Your work will be formally assessed every 4 - 6 weeks using the AQA marking grid. You will have regular verbal and written feedback in the form of tutorials in lessons and opportunities to self and peer assess your work.

Is this subject for me?

An A-level Photography student needs to be ambitious, creative, motivated and a risk taker. You need to have a passion for both photography and the arts in all forms and be focused and open minded about your studies. You should have underlying recording skills and be prepared to push yourself to try new techniques. Your portfolio takes a long time to produce so you need to have excellent time management skills and commitment to your craft. The majority of the course is self directed study so you also need to be independent workers.

Where can this lead me?

Students who are interested in a photography career usually progress directly onto a degree level course. Many universities value a creative qualification and it will be useful in applying to any college or university. In addition there are photographic apprenticeships available post A-Level.

Brighton MET (incorporating Northbrook), Brighton University and Chichester run a number of Photography and digital media courses that you can explore after sixth form.

Entry to these courses is usually by interview and portfolio submission. An A-level art and design course will enable you to produce a portfolio to take to interview and give you an excellent grounding in photographic knowledge, skills and techniques.

  • Photography Careers: 
  • Photo journalism
  • Fashion Photography
  • TV, film and Media
  • Digital arts
  • Animation
  • Documentary Photography
  • Sports Photography
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Studio Photographer (Weddings, events, family etc....)

What else is there?

We offer a range of opportunities to enhance your experience on the A-level course. We run workshops with local artists and photographers and trips up to London. There are also opportunities to visit further educational colleges to see what life is like on an art foundation course.

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