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Photography A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

Technically the course covers semi-professional camera operation using 35mm Film SLR cameras and DSLR’s, darkroom black and white processing and printing and lastly editing images with Adobe Photoshop. All produced work is based upon written research and study of both historical and contemporary photographers. Areas that students may wish to approach are portraiture, landscape, abstract, still life, social documentary, fashion and narrative photography. All work must demonstrate a progressive development building and reflect upon previous preliminary work to produce high-quality final outcomes.

Course content

There are three units of study in the A Level 2 year program that are assessed as 100% coursework– A personal Creative enquiry unit consisting of three projects that give students the essential 35mm SLR and darkroom foundational skills, a Personal Investigation unit that builds upon these skills utilising any of the fields listed above (eg Fashion) through a bespoke project and lastly an externally set assignment (set through the exam board WJEC) that focus’s all student skill and knowledge around a chosen stimuli to produce their best set of images from the two years of study.

Throughout the A level Photography program students will continue to develop darkroom practice, studio photography, digital imaging, image interpretation and contextual study to either prepare them for University application or a suitable vocation.


The course is assessed through coursework (the portfolio) and examination (the controlled assignment).

Future opportunities

After A Level Photography you will have a substantial portfolio of work to take to interviews for an Art Foundation course, a Photography based degree course or employment. Other options include a National diploma, HND, Foundation and Degree courses. Vocationally you could embark on careers in Photography, Publishing, Art Direction, Advertising, Graphic Design, Web Design and Image Retouching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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