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Photography A Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Photography is defined as embracing images created by digital as well as chemical means and by a combination of the two. You will explore portraiture/fashion, environmental/landscape, documentary, still life and experimental photography. The emphasis is on the individual exploration of themes and the development of your visual awareness and analytical ability. If you enjoy practical things and being creative then this is the course for you.

Through a series of practical assignments you will develop understanding of a variety of photographic processes; traditional black & white film and digital technologies. You will be introduced to a wide range of techniques from studio work to photomontage, and you will be researching the influences of a wide range of photographers and artists.

Studying Photography will help you to develop your creative photography skills and enhance your visual understanding and appreciation of Art & Design.  If you enjoy practical things, like being creative and seeing a worthwhile conclusion to your efforts, and have a strong interest in photography and want to expand your knowledge and understanding of the subject, this is the course for you.

You will need commitment, enthusiasm and motivation to the subject, an open mind and a willingness to be experimental and creative and the ability to meet deadlines. A grade C or above in any creative based subject is preferred but not essential.

Course content

A Level (year two)

Unit Three: Coursework

The second year builds upon these skills – giving you the opportunity to develop your own choice of project – you will also need to develop a written personal study alongside this practical project.

Unit Four: Externally Set Assignment

A self contained practical project which involves a personal response to an externally set theme.  As in year one, this culminates in a timed practical examination.


All of the evidence needed to pass this subject is produced through coursework and portfolio construction. However, the course does have some practical tasks set under timed conditions. The majority of your study is practical work. However, there are some theoretical aspects to the course which include; evaluation of your projects, annotation of your photographs and writing about the work of other photographers.

Further information

Students will need a digital camera of any sort, ideally a digital SLR (for greater flexibility when shooting) and where possible a 35mm film camera. There may be small additional costs throughout the year for items such as photographic paper.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year