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A Level Photography at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

A level Photography provides a stimulating and exciting exploration into the world of photography. The course requires you to deal with themes and messages on a visual basis. Photography is designed to encourage you to develop your creativity and self expression. You will explore the world of visual images through a variety of exciting and stimulating photography-based projects. The course will make you think about visual communication: why is a picture worth a thousand words? Investigations into the work of other photographers and practical experiments will help develop an understanding of the creative process used in Art and Design. You will work through a variety of techniques and learn to work with appropriate media, materials and processes. You will be expected to write about your work, to express personal, creative ideas and produce final outcomes using a range of approaches and methods.

Course content

Photography is about using the camera as a creative tool to record the world around us. After gaining an understanding of the technical processes involved, you will be given starting points from which to develop your own ideas through research and practical explorations into different styles and themes. During each unit you will carry out technical exercises related to darkroom practice, camera techniques, composition, and the formal elements of Art and Design.

Entry requirements

You should meet the standard 6th Form entry criteria.  It is preferred that students have a GCSE grade B or Level 2 BTEC Merit in this or a related subject.  Students who are keen to do A Level Photography but do not meet the entry criteria will be considered on an individual basis. A keen interest in photography combined with enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard during lessons and in your own time are the most important requirements. To improve your background knowledge you may be required to attend practical workshops. Students will need to be prepared to provide some of their own photography materials such as film and photo paper.

Although a few cameras are available on loan for students, having a good digital SLR camera would be beneficial for your studies. Students may also wish to have a traditional SLR camera. Please ask a member of staff for advice before purchasing any equipment.


Assessment is through a combination of coursework portfolio and an externally set assignment.

Future opportunities

You may go on to study Photography on a Higher Education course or combine it with other creative subjects such as Graphic Design, Web Design, Multi-Media, Advertising or Video Production.  Possible careers within Photography could include Journalism, Advertising, Media and Film.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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