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Photography - A Level at Chichester College

Course description

This popular course is designed for hard-working, highly motivated individuals who wish to develop their photographic, observational and analytical skills and increase their knowledge of this contemporary subject. In addition to photography, darkroom work and digital image manipulation, considerable time is spent planning, analysing, evaluating and writing work up in your sketchbooks. You are encouraged to respond to set themes in a creative and individual manner.

Course content

The course starts with lots of 'how to' ... how to understand and use your camera functions and settings, how to analyse an image, how to write-up your sketchbook, how to compose an image, how to develop a film, how to make an enlargement and so on. As the course develops you will work on specific project themes. In these projects you will be encouraged to develop your own creative skills, producing outcomes which are both original and personal to you. During the latter part of the course you will spend 8 weeks working on a theme set by the exam board (Edexcel) to produce an artistic personal response. You will record all your work: research, thoughts, ideas, plans, contact sheets, enlargements and evaluations in an A4 size art sketchbook. 

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, practical work and personal research & experimentation. Each week you will have a lesson in the Image Centre where most of the practical skills are taught and a lesson in a computer suite where theory and digital topics are taught. Handouts are often given and lesson resources uploaded onto the college moodle site. You are required to carry out research and practical assignments in your own time (minimum of 5 hours per week) 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade A*-C including an art based subject and English Language. At Interview you are required to bring a portfolio / sketchbook of art work with you. If you have not studied an art based GCSE you will need to attend a second interview to present a portfolio



This is a 2 year linear A-level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year.This includes a personal investigation, practical work and an essay. You will be assessed at the end of year one to see if you can progress to year two.                                        


Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website
Students purchase a resource pack containg photographic paper and film
(£40). You will also be required to pay £50 to cover the cost of trips
throughout the year.


Future opportunities

Photography is an ideal qualification if you wish to pursue a career in the
creative arts - photography, fashion, television, design, film, animation,
marketing, advertising etc. Ideal Alevel for progression to higher
education in the creative arts.

Further information

Excellent traditional darkroom with 24 enlarger workstations (1 per student).
Digital computer suites with adobe creative software, including the latest
Photoshop CC. Large Image Centre teaching area with several studio
photography areas. Photographic equipment which students may

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 March 2016
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    • Chichester is our main campus; right in the heart of the city, with lovely views of the Cathedral, across beautiful areas of parkland. Although relatively small, Chichester still has all the entertainment facilities you’d expect from much larger cities, such as cinemas, a leisure/sports centre, swimming pool, golf courses, a bowling alley, sports clubs, galle