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A-Level Photography at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

During this two-year course you will gain a greater insight into the production of photography and learn more advanced skills in capturing stunning imagery.

Course content

You will use your passion for taking photos to develop your knowledge and skills in the creative photography process. You will gain a thorough understanding of photography and learn how to develop your ideas into an engaging piece of art. Our expert tutors will teach you a range of advanced techniques and processes; let you explore portraiture, landscape and still-life photography, and guide you on how to present your ideas in an informed and meaningful way.

Over the course of the two year you will produce practical and contextual work in a number of areas including:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape photography
  • Still-life photography
  • Analogue and digital photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Photo-journalism
  • Experimental imagery
  • Photographic installation
  • Recording in video
  • Television
  • Film
  • Editing, image manipulation, printing and an outline of photographic history and culture

Our culture is saturated in photographic images. Photos created to inform, entertain, inspire and persuade us. Photography is the perfect blend of art and technology.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to meet the minimum requirements of 5 Grade 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English).


You will be assessed by a combination of both practical and written work, documented in a portfolio to show evidence of individual research, personal development and concepts. During your final year project you will be required to create a piece of practical work during a timed assessment.

Financial information

Throughout the year you may be required to buy art materials which will cost approximately £50 - £100. There may also be opportunities to participate in trips and visits to extend your learning, but these may incur additional costs.

Future opportunities

This course would be good to study alongside other A-Level subjects such as Fine Art, Media, or Graphics, allowing for progression to university courses in Photography, Fine Art, or Creative Media.

There are a number of career opportunities available to you after studying this qualification, for instance you may become a commercial photographer, wedding photographer, photojournalist, photographic technician, film specialist, art director, an artist or picture researcher.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 September 2018
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    • Located next to Hasting town centre, Station Plaza is a large, light-filled building surrounded by 22,000 square meters of study space and social zones. Classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date resources and interactive whiteboards. It houses multiple IT suites, a gym, Coast coffee, Subway, Coast Restaurant, a training kitchen, a professional salon, an art shop, diner and a large Learning Resource Centre. 

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.