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A Level Photography - Block C @ The Leigh Academy at LAT16 Leigh

Course description

A Level Photography will give you the opportunity to be creative and expressive. You will learn the technical aspects of photography, as well how to create sophisticated pieces. It would be an advantage to have a digital SLR camera at the beginning of the course. This is a two year A Level course.

Course content

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment

Year 2

  • Unit 3: Personal Investigation
  • Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE’s A*-C including English
  • C Grade in Art or Graphics


Students are expected to be self-directed and to develop their own theme to explore. Through their coursework they will further develop and improve their practical skills in relation to their chosen area of study. They will develop their drawing, painting and 3D skills, experimenting with media and exploring a range of Art and Design contexts

Alongside the critical research they do, students will write an extended essay of 3000 words which link to the student’s own practical investigations. This is marked separately. This is the coursework unit. For AS there is a timed public examination of 10 hours with a question set by Edexcel. For A2 there is a timed public examination of 15 hours with a question set by Edexcel. Students are expected to have developed confidence and a sophisticated approach to their work and to be independent learners keen to achieve their best.  

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for an Undergraduate degree course at University.


Careers could include:

  • Photographer
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Visual Artist
  • Curator
  • Advertiser
  • Film/ T.V editor 

Further information

Christine Britton, Expressive Arts

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: 03 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years