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Photography A Level at St Joseph's College

Course description

Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image (video, film, animation).

Students should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students' responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Course content

A-LEVEL Component 1: Personal Investigation - Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material (1000 and 3000 words of continuous prose).

A-LEVEL Component 2: Assignment (preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time) - There is a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points, students are required to select one.

Entry requirements

  • 6+ in photography
  • Students without the required grade may be admitted based on their portfolio


  • Externally set assignments
  • Portfolio and personal investigation

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's College directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years