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Photography A Level at Vyners School

Course description

This course will offer you the opportunity to learn about a variety of lens and light based media.

You will work with both film-based and digital photographic processes, which will enable you to form a means of personal enquiry and expression.

You will be encouraged to be experimental in your selection and manipulation of images, and must employ creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording.

The contextual element of the course will enable you to develop an awareness and understanding of the work of photographers.

Through research into the work of others, you will seek inspiration, and will be able to extract useful information about working methods.

Course content

When using film-based photography, you will develop an understanding of SLR cameras and traditional dark-room techniques, involving the developing and printing of your own work.

A significant element of the course will focus on the use of digital photography, and image manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Art, Graphic Products or Resistant Materials

C in Maths and B in English.

Additionally, there will be a preliminary task to complete before the course starts in September.


Component 1 : Personal Investigation 60% of total A Level

  • Includes a portfolio of practical work
  • A related study— an extended written response minimum 1000 words

Component 2 Externally Set task 40% of total A Level

The exam is 15 hours and will be taken at the end of the 2 year course.

Future opportunities

There are many careers which involve Photography.

The most common route to a career in any Art and Design discipline is by taking a one-year Foundation Course before specialising in a chosen field.

Vyners School has an excellent record of placing its A Level students on the best Foundation Courses in the London area.

Alternatively, applications can be made through UCAS directly to a specialist degree course in Photography.

The study of Photography can also help you to develop transferable skills to take into any career or job.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vyners School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2016
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