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Photography A Level (AQA) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

Photography - (Drawing with light), involves exploring a range of processes using lens and light based media including digital imaging, scanning and experimental darkroom processes.

If you are creative, good at design and considering a career in a creative field this course would be good for you. You should be a practical person who is happy to extend their studies outside of the classroom and work with independent frame of mind.

Course content

This is a practical course and so you will be learning through taking photographs and through teaching within your lessons. You will learn about the theory, history and practice of photography, as well as studying the work of other photographers to inspire your ideas. You will learn about producing imagery in the darkroom and through using Photoshop and other appropriate ICT software to extend your creativity.

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

A grade 5 in Art, Graphics or Photography is desirable but not essential.


You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and exam work. You will have to look at the work of photographers and respond critically to their work.

Year 12 - Component 1 - Internally Set Assignment

A sustained and focused investigation involving a variety of photographic techniques. You will be asked to work in front of and behind the camera, demonstrating a wide range of skills.

Year 13 - Continuation of Component 1 - Personal Investigation

Your personal choice of practical work on a chosen theme including a personal study of between 1000 - 3000 words (Written and visual) investigating an aspect of art (September - January).

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment

Working in response to a set theme. A unit of practical work and research culminating in a 15 hour period of sustained focus in May. (January - May).



Financial information

There may be some basic material costs. Possibly specialist media later in the course and costs for visits to galleries and exhibitions.


Future opportunities

A significant number of students taking this course will go on to careers in the Art field. Students should be aware that for some degree courses with a largely academic rather than a creative focus ( degrees) that photography may not add to their points for university entrance.

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: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years

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