A Level

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. 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.

Career Path

  • Photography Degree
  • Photography Apprenticeship
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Picture Editor
  • Filmmaker
  • Visual Communication and Culture

More than just a course

A-level photography is a practical subject in which you learn by doing, so you will be able to create imaginative personal work. You will find out about a whole range of techniques and processes. You will develop your creativity and independent thought, learn to express yourself visually and let your imagination flourish.

Photography is a great companion to all other subjects as creativity, imagination and problem solving skills can give you great ideas for your other subjects.

Unique Features

  • Digital suite
  • Fully equipped darkroom
  • Photographic studio with lighting equipment
  • Digital and analogue based workshops
  • Specialist photographic staff currently engaged within the creative industries
  • Access to a vast array of photographic equipment
  • Trip to galleries and museums

Entry Requirements

The traditional A Level pathway for those who may be thinking of University, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, covering a wide range of subject areas. These must include English Language and Maths.  Two of the subjects should be a grade 6.

An interest in photography is essential but you do not need to have any previous experience.

“I hadn’t studied photography before so I was unsure of what to expect but it quickly became my favourite subject.  You get taught the basics which then lead to even more creative personal projects which give you freedom to develop you own interests further.  My advice would be to go for it, A-level photography is brilliant.”
Joe Knowsley