Key Stage 5

Why study this course?

Photography enables you to refine and select appropriate techniques for enhancing, manipulating photographs based on a variety of design briefs and contexts. Photography can lead to a wide range of career opportunities in the creative industries. Photography is important because all sectors of the job market require creative thinkers who can innovate, see and make connections, solve problems and make informed decisions and judgments. This course will give you many transferable skills you can use in the future.


What will I study?

Year 1
The assessment for A Level Art & Design: Photography is split into A/S which has two modules of study: The portfolio worth 60%, and the externally set assignment, worth 40%.The portfolio is based on skills exercises and a long study of choice usually based on a trip e.g. London.The externally set assignment is given out on February 1st and eight weeks of preparation on a question of choice leads to a 10 hour exam.


Year 2

A Level has a personal investigation unit with a 3,000 word essay leading into practical work. This is 40%. The externally set assignment is given out in February with eight weeks of preparation leading to a 15 hour exam. All work is marked internally and moderated by AQA exam board. Success in this subject is measured by the students’ response to and evidence of AQA’s four assessment objectives for Art & Design.


How will I be assessed?

Photography is assessed by providing evidence for AQA’s four art and design assessment objectives. Each objective is marked equally, both coursework and exam are marked against this specification.


Where can it lead?

Photography is a full A level course which can lead in to a number of further and higher education Art and Design Courses.

Staff List

Miss D Skinner

Course Leader

Mr R Bullock – Faculty Leader

Ms S Archer

Miss D Skinner

Mrs A Oxley

Exam Board

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Past Papers

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Revision Sites

Photoshop Tutorials

Option Blocks