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Photography AS & A2 at Temple Moor High School

Course description

‘The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words,’ Elliott Erwitt.


Course content

The Photography course involves developing an ability to record and communicate ideas using imagery. The photographs that are produced could be used as a form of self-expression, to sell products, inform an audience or promote an event. Individuals who are creative, lateral thinking problem solvers are in very high demand within industry.

There are approximately 3 million creative jobs in the UK alone. Commercial areas inclusive of media, digital design and photo manipulation using new technologies are undergoing unprecedented growth. Creative people now have an instant world-wide market. In any future career path, good grades and outstanding marks impress universities and employers as they indicate skill, a strong work ethic and commitment. These are attributes that are acquired as part of the Photography course.




Entry requirements

To fulfil the course entry criteria of the A Level Photography course you will require GCSE at 5 or GCSE Fine Art at 5 or GCSE Graphic Communications at 5 and English at 4.

An ability to embrace and use new technologies, work independently, meet deadlines, be self-motivated, take creative risks and show originality is essential.


Component 1 (60% of the final grade): coursework consisting of a portfolio of artwork, photography and annotations and a word-processed research document of between 1000-3000 words.

Component 2 (40% of the final grade): an externally set task where from a set starting point a portfolio of work is produced followed by 15 hours of controlled assessment.


Financial information

Students will need to buy a sketchbook for their portfolio from school - cost £10.00. It is also recommended that students have their own DSLR camera.

Future opportunities

After completion of your A Level course you can undertake a foundation course at establishments including Leeds Arts University. Alternatively, you can enroll directly onto BA (Hons) undergraduate courses such as Fashion Photography, Filmmaking, Photography and Video and Visual Communication.


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: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr Cashon
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01133900770
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