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Head of Faculty: L.Fozard[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”787″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”img-max”][vc_column_text]View examples of students’ work in our Visual Arts Gallery HERE[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

This is a linear A level, a two year course with all examinations and assessment at the end of the second year; there are no AS examinations.

We aim to provide and portray a lively, challenging and happy environment in which students can learn and explore, where students are encouraged to break new boundaries in terms of their own personal development.  The department encourages diversity and celebrates other cultures.  Most of the teaching is initially group based but emphasis is placed on weekly one-to-one discussion with staff, allowing us to give pertinent direction and guidance in the use of media and resources.


Students will have educational visits to various locations, enabling exploration of different ideas and generating a variety of images from a given starting point. We try to provide a varied range of locations which will allow the trying and testing of techniques outside the college environment. Practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of relevant techniques and processes will be common strands of the course. Discussion of ideas, exploring possibilities and evaluating progress will be regular features of learning. Students will be asked to produce a body of work that not only means something to them but demonstrates full understanding of the processes and practices of photography and film to communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings. We will encourage students to find an independent and relevant style that allows them to express themselves.


Students will produce a portfolio of work for Component 1, while Component 2 is an externally set assignment. Component 1 is a personal investigation, worth 60% of the final grade.

The second component is set by the exam board and takes the form of a question with a theme to explore. Past exam themes have included: The Weird and Wonderful, Reflections, The Effects of Light. This is worth 40% of the final mark.

A 1000-3000 word essay will from part of the assessment criteria. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.

Work will be celebrated in an end of year Exhibition.


5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and English. Entry subject to por olio review.

WHY STUDY photography?

Photography is a great subject through which to develop independent learning and encourage creative flare. Students develop technical skills and understanding of how to manipulate images through computer so ware. Students often find the skills that they learn are transferable across other A level subjects. Understanding how to analyse and research relevant material are two of the key skills that not only transferable, but lifelong.

Financial Information

There is a cost of £20 to cover printing Students should have their own basic digital camera. It would also be of benefit if students had have their own SLR or Bridge Camera.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.

–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

Future Opportunities

Photography has a huge array of job opportunities through self employed as a freelance Photographer, Media, Fashion, Graphic Design, Advertising, and Retail display.

Further Information

Study at A2 demands a great deal of time spent working in addition to the weekly lessons and home learning, this must be taken into consideration when choosing this subject.