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Art - Photography at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

A-Level Photography is a qualification in the field of Art and Design. It works perfectly well as a free-standing qualification, but works particularly well alongside courses in Art, Graphics, Textiles or Media. It is for students who have a genuine love of taking pictures, or who want to explore their creative side using a camera and computer as their main tools. Much of the work is not classroom based, but spent working in the studio, out on location, or developing images on the computer.

Course content

Year 1: The course consists of an 'Introduction to Photography', a theme based project and several months of workshop practise exploring techniques, genres and styles of photography. This will include darkroom practise, studio work, field work and manipulation of images.

Students will: explore photographic techniques, learn how to use cameras effectively, studio technique, historical developments, learn to use ICT programmes to digitally manipulate images and explore physical manipulation, looking at artists and designers. They will be introduced to contemporary and significant historical photographers, learn how to evaluate images and use their techniques to further enhance their own work. All coursework produced goes towards the final grade.  

Year 2: A level. The second year of the course consists of two units. These will build on existing skills gained and aim to develop students into independent, creative thinking photographers. Students write a contextual essay, supporting their own work and exploring influences they have had. They write their own project brief and work independently, building on previously developed skills and interests. The second unit is an externally set theme which is the A level  exam.


Entry requirements

A GCSE average of 5, including GCSE English and, ideally, GCSE Art/textiles/graphics/DT  at 5 or above.

Entry can be by portfolio submission to Mrs Archer


60% coursework

40% exam

Future opportunities

Any career in the creative industries, specific careers could be photographer, film-maker, animation

Further information

To study this course students must have their own DSLR camera and laptop with editing package.

If students have not taken GCSE Art they should discuss the entry  requirements with the course leader.


Course Leader:


Mrs Bethan Archer


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years