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Photography - A Level (See option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

The course will be delivered with A Level Art and Design with which it shares the same assessment framework and course Structure. We anticipate that there will be a good creative interplay that will enrich both our Art and Photography courses.

Course content


After an introductory foundation project, students will commence a Personal Investigation exploring self-identified themes and subjects and engaging in experimentation and development work towards a final presentation. The practical work is accompanied by a Personal Study; an extended essay in which students research photographer's work and develop their understanding of their own practise.

External Assignment:

Students respond to one of a set of themes and starting points provided by the exam board. After a ten week preparatory period students sit a 'supervised assessment' of ten hours in which they prepare their final presentation.

Entry requirements

Most students will be expected to have achieved at least grade 4 in GCSE Art & Design, Photography or a related subject as an entry requirement for the course. In addition the following personal qualities are essential.


Assessment Structure:

Coursework 60%

External Assignment 40%


Future opportunities

We have previously piloted the course with two A level students both of whome did very well; one student attaining a B grade and the other scoring full marks and an award from AQA. The latter student is now working internationally as a professional photographer.

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: 22 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September