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Photography A Level at Oaklands College

Course description

Photography is the communication of ideas by visual means. Students will learn how to use digital and manual SLR cameras, process and print black and white films and experiment with a wide rnage of studio and darkroom techniques. Students will develop strong research skills building an extensive knowledge of historical and contemporary photographers. Ideas will be developed through sustained investigations, working sequentially to realise intentions in final outcomes. Students will be required to document all their work in writing and develop critical thinking by analysing imagery.

Course content

A2 Unit 3 coursework made up of a practical study in response to a theme and a written personal study. Unit 4 externally set assingnment exploring a given theme.


Entry requirements

You need to have a grade D or above in AS Photography. Students should have a keen interest in the visual arts. A GCSE in Photography and/or Art will aid the candidate in their understanding. Students will be expected to visit galleries and exhibitons to support their work on the course.


The A2 level qualification is made up of 1 unit of coursework and 1 externally set assignment. All work is internally marked then Externally verified by a visiting moderator

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

A successful A level in Photography indicates that you have a strong visual communication ability. You could continue on to a one year BTEC Foundation Course in Art and Design and from there to University to study Photography and Digital Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands College directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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