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Photography A Level at John Cabot Academy

Course description

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution” Ansel Adams Explore the creative possibilities of this exciting medium.

Course content

Year 1

Component 1: 

September – January: Students develop a range of photographic techniques and skills, digital and darkroom, through workshop based sessions aimed at building creativity and subject knowledge.

February – May: Students will select from a number of themes, visual starting points, briefs and stimuli to develop original outcomes. It is at this point where the decision to enter for the AS level is made.  Students sitting AS will select a theme from an AQA externally set assignment and produce a final outcome within 10 hours controlled assessment time.

Year 2

Component 1: Personal investigation & related study continuing from independent study in year 1. Students produce two elements:
1. A portfolio of practical work,
2. A related study of continuous prose with a guided minimum of 1,000 words.
Component 2: Students will select from number of AQA set themes, and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli and produce a final outcome within 15 hours controlled assessment time (externally set assignment)

Coursework: 60% Externally set assignment: 40%

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C at GCSE in Photography or Art.


Teacher assessed and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Students can go on to complete foundation diplomas in art and design or lens based media. They can also go onto study photography; illustration; fashion photography; graphic design; photo journalism; forensic photography at university.


Fashion photographer; magazine photographer; graphic designer; free lance photographer; photo journalism; a career within TV.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Cabot Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017

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