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Level: A level Examination board: Edexcel Specification: PH01

Year 12 course outline

The Photography course will allow students to develop practical, experimental and expressive skills within Photography.

Year 13 course outline

Following an in depth technical induction into Photography and Adobe Photoshop, students will follow a creative process to expand their knowledge of the subject and developing their personal ideas into exciting outcomes. Students will work in a supportive environment allowing them to reach their full potential and create exciting, individual work. The A level course includes an extended dissertation of 2000 to 3000 words. The A level course is an art-based Photography course that requires creativity and imagination.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

The school enters external competitions to give students the opportunity to have their work exhibited locally and nationally.

Students will be encouraged to partake in a range of trips to galleries and exhibitions to gain a greater understanding of Art in a wider context. These recording trips will help to develop their skills through drawing and photography. We try to work with artists and designers where possible both in school and out.

Course requirements (GCSE grades/interests)

GCSE Art or Photography grades 9-4. (or a portfolio of work and agreement of Head of Department) 

Students must have an interest in the visual world and have an open minded approach about what Art and Design can be. They should be interested in all aspects of visual arts – Graphic Design, Fine Art and Photography. 



60% coursework – 40% ESA (Externally set assignment).


15 hour controlled assessment – practical exam.

Higher education courses linked to the subject

Many students take a one year Art Foundation course or are offered a place on a creative degree course. These courses allow them to specialise in a specific subject area such as Architecture, Fine Art, Photography, Film Media or Television, Set Design or Fashion Design to name but a few.

Careers linked to the subject

Possible career options include animator, architect, arts therapist, ceramic designer, fashion designer, fine artist, furniture conservator, furniture designer, games developer, graphic designer, illustrator, product designer, Interior/special designer, jewellery designer, make-up artist, medical illustrator, museum/gallery conservator, photographer, press photographer, printmaker, production designer – film/television/theatre, textile designer or web designer.

The photography course has provided me with a great working environment giving me the foundation of skills needed and the opportunity to have creative freedom over my own ideas. I feel as though the department, teachers and course created a great working environment over the two years and produced the best work out of the students. Sam

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mrs Rebecca Sandford