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Art - Photography - A level at Turton High School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Throughout the course you will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You will make links to critical, contextual sources throughout your studies. You may explore one or more area(s) of Photography including: portraiture, the urban/rural landscape, still-life and objects from the natural world, experimental imagery and/or photographic installation, video or film. You will be required to demonstrate skills in exploring elements of visual language, show an appreciation of viewpoint and composition, use appropriate camera films, lenses, filters and lighting and express a knowledge of developing and printing of photographic images. A successful portfolio should ensure a firm foundation for further study.

Course content

Throughout the two year course you will produce a substantial portfolio of work. The A-Level course consists of two parts:

Component 1: Personal Investigation - worth 60% of the total A-Level. You will complete Component 1 from September of Year 12 to January of Year 13.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment - this is the examination worth 40% of the A-Level course. You will respond to an examination question set by the exam board and have substantial preparatory time before undertaking 15 hours of supervised time.




Entry requirements

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Art and Design and/or Graphic Design


All work is internally assessed by Turton Art & Design staff and moderated by a visiting AQA examiner in June of Year 13.

Financial information

Future opportunities

The majority of our A-Level Photography students go on to pursue an Art Foundation Course or are accepted directly onto degree courses to study Photography.


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: 06 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Miss E. L. Gray
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01204 333239
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Turton Sixth Form is located on Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross.  The college is across the road from Bromley Cross train station, and is on a direct line 8 minutes from Bolton.  Buses from Bradshaw, Sharples, Smithills, Edgworth, Belmont and Astley Bridge regularly run past the school.