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Photography A-Level at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

This A-Level is a two year qualification. Selected students may have the opportunity to sit AS. This linear course will enable students to develop their photographic skills and record images in a variety of ways. Students will explore the context of historical and contemporary photography, analysing and writing their ideas in a way that demonstrates their critical thinking. Creative development through use of digital processes and drawing for purpose will generate a wide variety of visual outcomes. Students will be expected to present personal and reflective work developed from a wide range of research. This is a coursework based subject which requires a significant amount of time devoted to practical work.


Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is Equdas.


Where can this lead?

This course offers varied creative opportunities and a foundation in critical thinking, which give students a strong basis for entry into most higher education courses. Specifically it can feed into courses in Media and Television, Graphic Design, Illustration, Journalism, Fashion, Animation, as well as Medical or Forensic Photography. We enable students to develop skills in the industry standard Adobe Photoshop.


Course Entry Requirements

  1. Completion of bridging work. This will be outlined at the taster session and available online.


  2. A successful outcome at a folder review which will be conducted after four weeks of the course.


  1. A commitment to work on location; taking photographs in a variety of places beyond school, on a weekly basis.


Course Breakdown - Lower Sixth

  • Initial Foundation Skills Programme

    Students will develop practical and critical skills required to be successful in this course.


  • Personal Creative Enquiry

    Students will be expected to develop individual research and work around various themes.


  • Coursework Portfolio

    Students will present a coursework portfolio at the end of the year for assessment, only if students are not going to pursue the full two year linear option (in discussion with staff).


Course Breakdown - Upper Sixth

  • Extending Skills Programme

    Students will develop critical and written skills required to be successful in this course.


  • Personal Investigation

    Continued from the Lower Sixth year, developing the personal creative enquiry, this component is worth 60% of the qualification. Students will be expected to develop individual research and work around an individually chosen theme. This will demonstrate significant research and visual experimentation and show critical understanding of the wider investigation which will culminate in both practical work and an essay. A coursework portfolio will be presented in February of Year 2 for assessment.



  • Externally Set Assignment

    This component is worth 40% of the qualification. This assignment will be set by EDUQAS and carried out between February and May of Year 2. Students will be choosing a project from a range of themes. There will be a preparation period to explore ideas before a fifteen hour exam to produce final outcomes.


Enrichment Opportunities

We offer a gallery trip to explore contemporary practice which extends student experience and develops their ability to be independent critical thinkers.


Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students have their own camera and a tripod as they will be required to take a significant number of photographs outside school. Purchasing other technical photographic equipment may become useful. This will be dependent on the student’s individually chosen areas of Photography and

whether students intend to further their photographic study after A-Level.


For further information, please contact - Miss R Smith /


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September