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Photography A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

Photography is a creative course that allows students to develop a passion for showing the world in a different light. Each student will need access to a camera with fully manual settings for independent shoots. There is a strong technical element to this course with regard to understanding camera settings and manipulating images through Photoshop. The course includes visits to galleries and related workshops.

Course content


During the AS course students produce a series of mini projects to develop technical skills and explore a range of approaches to photography. The exam takes the form of an externally set project which includes a supplementary 5 hour controlled test. The coursework includes critical analysis, recording project development through power points, sketchbooks, experimental studies and concluding with highly refined final images.


During the A2 course students produce a portfolio of personally motivated projects with one unit supported by a written study of 1,000-3,000 words on an aspect of photography of their own choice. The final exam takes the form of a set preparation period and a 15 hour controlled test

Entry requirements

GCSE Photography or Art and Design at grade B or above. Students who have not studied Photography or Art at GCSE level will need to present examples of their work that have recently been undertaken.



Future opportunities

An A level in Photography provides foundation skills for a wide range of careers that involve the visual arts. This course could provide a pathway into a career such as an animator, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, product designer, production designer or even a role in theatre, television or film.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Crispin's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years