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Photography: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College Sixth Form

Course description

What is it about?

A level Photography builds on skills developed in GCSE Art and/or Photography. Students will explore a range of digital and traditional image manipulation techniques, creating both sketchbooks of contact pages, as well as gallery standard photograph prints.  

An appreciation of Art, Photography and film is both expected of students, and refined throughout the curriculum.

Who does it suit?

A level Photography suits those eager to work in the arts or technology industries. Students will be confident, independent learners, keen to record, ponder, and challenge the world around them. It is preferable that students are already practicing photographers, and have already begun experimenting in the digital and traditional photography worlds.

Course content

In the first year you will study:

You will capture, manipulate and print world class photographs.  Gaining inspiration from Art and Photography history, students will discuss and analyse contextual pieces. A strong emphasis on independent research and exploration is encouraged and demanded.

In the second year you will study:

Students will refine their personal portfolio, which leads them into their externally set assignment. Students will dedicate three months to creating personalised, sophisticated artworks.  The course culminates in exhibiting their work at our SRRCC Art Exhibition.

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 5 hours of private study per week.


Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE Grade 5 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE Grade 5 in Art and Design and/or Design Technology or Photography
A digital SLR camera will be essential to success at A level. A camera-lending library will be available for those without access to a digital SLR camera.


Personal portfolio: 60% of A level
Exam portfolio: 40% of A level

Future opportunities

A level photography prepares students for careers in the worlds of art, journalism, film and media. A level photography is essential in order to pursue a photography degree.

Potential career paths include:
Advertising art director, animator, art editor, art gallery curator, art therapist, community arts worker, fine artist, fashion design, photographer, photographic technician, set designer, web designer.

Further information

Most of the coursework generated will come from students' independent work outside of the classroom. You will be expected to go out into the world, and observe the big and small corners of our surroundings.

Trips to London galleries and local areas of interest will be integral to the course, both arranged by the College, as well as planned by the students during weekends and evenings. A photography student is never off duty.....

Students can expect to participate in a trip to Japan, to compare and contrast a differing contemporary culture. The histories of contemporary Japan and photography are intertwined, proving this trip both fascinating and invaluable to photography students.

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: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr Richard McPaul
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8325 4630
    • Email address: