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Photography A Level at Hayesfield Girls' School and Mixed Sixth Form

Course description

Why study this subject at Hayesfield?

Photography gives you the opportunity to view the world through a different lens and is a subject for those who enjoyed GCSE Art or Photography and are interested in the potential for creative study, either as a complement to other subjects or as a pathway to a future in the creative industries.

We are very proud of how many students take their photography skills further either into foundation or photography courses at university.

Course content

Introductory unit introducing camera darkroom and digital techniques to build a successful sketchbook.

Project-based portfolio on an area of personal interest to promote individuality and the development of ideas.

Internally Set Assignment – Responding to themes set in previous exams. Roughly 6 weeks of preparation time then a timed exam piece.

Personal Investigation – Extended and personal body of work that includes critical writing of between 1,000- 3,000 words.

Externally Set Assignment – Responding to themes set by the exam board. Roughly 6 weeks’ preparation time followed by 15 hour exam.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in Art, Photography or Arts related subject with portfolio and successful Summer Project.


Personal Investigation 60%. Externally Set task 40%.

Future opportunities

Photographer, graphic or 3D designer, textiles/fashion designer, illustrator animator, web designer, teacher.

Further information

This subject works well with

Humanities, English, Maths, Science, Psychology.

Extra/Super curricular activities

Visits to International Art Galleries.

Access to Department’s facilities and support outside lessons.

Work with and inspire younger students. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hayesfield Girls' School and Mixed Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

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