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Photography AS/A Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Course description

If you are interested in learning about the elements that make a successful photograph and gaining knowledge about a range of genres of photography and technical processes then this is the course for you.

Course Content

This is a two year course which consists of two units each year, Coursework and a Practical Examination. The course is Art based and requires a creative flair. Students will be expected to gain a broad knowledge of Black and White Photographic Materials and Techniques as well as developing skills in Digital Photography and the use of Photoshop. Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate the work of others and they will develop an eye for composition and presentation.

The Practical Coursework should show that students are able to produce imaginative and experimental photographic work. This includes the use of studio lighting and digital manipulation of images. Research is conducted for each project and students are asked to produce sketchbooks and presentation boards displaying their own project work.

The Externally Set Assignment or ‘Controlled Test’ will be based upon exam questions set by the Examination Board and students will be expected to produce preparatory studies and finished final work


Course content

You will look at a diverse range of photographers and designers to inform your own unique Photography based outcomes. The first year focuses on building your knowledge and understanding of various Photographers and Designers, both traditional and contemporary. You will be led through workshops and assignments on a number of traditional Photography techniques, including dark room printing as well as more experimental techniques before building towards your own unique outcomes. The second year helps you to develop and refine these skills, building an exciting portfolio of work based around a self-selected project.

Entry requirements

Minimum expected requirements: 3 GCSEs grade C, 2 GCSEs grade B, including English and Maths. Some A Level subjects may require a grade B in either English, Maths or Science


Assessment is continuos throughout the 2 years, cumulating in an end of second year exam, although this assessment is coursework based with no written practical exam. 

Future opportunities

Most students progress on to a Lens Based degree with a view to a career in the Creative Industry. Some wish to study more traditional fine art Photography courses at University whilst others chose to study commercial Photography for use within printed media and website design. A qualification in Photography can lead to numerous employment avenues and opportunities. Past students have progressed onto working in a number of different fields such including Freelance Photography and Commercial Photography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hartlepool Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 August 2016
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