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Photography A Level at SEEVIC College

Course description

A-Level Photography will see you develop the skills necessary to produce thought-provoking images, while you experiment with a range of methods and approaches. 

Photography’s digitisation means that much more of the work is computer-based, but you will also work on graphic and mixed-media projects.

You will respond imaginatively to set briefs and express your individuality as you explore subjects like: Landscape, Portraiture, Montage, Depth and Dimension.  

Course content

Year One:

  • Coursework Portfolio
  • Externally Set Assignment.

 Year Two:

  • Personal Investigation
  • Externally Set Assignment.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at Grade C or above which must include GCSE English Language and an average point score of 5.0 calculated from all of your GCSE subjects. 

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Grade C or above in an Art, Design or Photography based GCSE, and/or a successful portfolio appraisal. Exceptions can be made to the entry requirements based on the strength of your portfolio, which should show your commitment to creating imagery.


You’ll learn to use appropriate digital technologies to create photographic work in many contexts including:

  • Editorial
  • Documentary
  • Fine Art.

Your final mark will be established half through your course work, and half through controlled tests.

Financial information

You will need access to a digital camera with full manual and creative controls, in order to learn the essential concepts regarding aperture and shutter-speed. A ‘single-lens reflex’ camera would be ideal. As a minimum expectation, cameras should meet the following criteria:

  • Shutter speed range – 1/1000-1/30 seconds
  • Film speed range (ISO) – 100-3200
  • Resolution – 5-12MP
  • Zoom capability – at least 3x optical.

Recommended brands include Canon, Nikon and Fuji. More detailed information and advice concerning cameras is available from the Media Department.

In order to develop a substantial portfolio of photography, some Additional costs will be incurred when printing, mounting and presenting work; usually this comes to around £100. Support for the production of coursework and assignments may be available in cases of financial hardship.

Future opportunities

  • Studying photography will equip you with some of the study skills required for Higher Education.
  • The course provides an excellent introduction to the most important aspects of Photography and its various career opportunities.
  • Previous students have progressed to prestigious Photography and multi-media degree courses in recent years, and some of the most dedicated and enterprising have gained employment in the creative and media industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

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