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AQA A Level Photography at Ormiston Horizon Academy

Course description

This course will introduce students to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. The courses focus will be on digital photography and new technologies. Areas of study include portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world and photo journalism. Students will be required to demonstrate skills in using a camera including lighting and lenses, developing and printing film, use of composition, viewpoint and depth of field when taking photographs and be able to respond to a given theme.

Course content

First year of course: AS outline:

At AS candidates are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques within Photography.

AS Unit 1 - Coursework Portfolio worth 25% of the A level.

AS Unit 2 - externally set assignment worth 25% of the A level.

Second year of course: A2 outline:

At A2, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in AS with greater depth of study:

A2 Unit 3 - Personal Investigation (which includes a 1,000-3,000 word essay) worth 25% of the A level.

A2 Unit 4 - Externally set assignment worth 25% of the A level.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve 4 A*-C grades at GCSE and BTEC level. (Please note that subjects can only be counted once). Experience shows that successful students at A Level have previously acquired at least a grade C or equivalent in an Art or Design based subject, although this is not essential and drawing skills are not a necessity. Acceptance on this course is subject to a guidance interview. Students must have their own camera or access to one so that they can work independently at home.


Students are assessed through coursework based projects and a personal investigation assignment; they are also assessed through externally set examinations in both the first and second years.

Future opportunities

A Level Photography is a good subject for entry to such degree courses as BA (Hons) in Photography. Film and Media Studies, Teaching Art at Secondary School.

Possible careers include photo journalist, wedding photographer, freelance photographer, working in a photography studio, film and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Horizon Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year course

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