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Photography at The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre

Course description

The A level Photography course offers expertise in many areas of specific study.

You will be encouraged to explore and refine core disciplines and become an independent, confident and articulate visual communicator.

Your abilities to master practical techniques, in combination with your broadening yet deepening conceptual, contextual knowledge will reflect your success on the course.


Course content

  • Darkroom Practice for printing, pinhole-camera and film processing
  • digital post-production techniques including Photoshop
  • DSLR camera use
  • Studio Lighting and Production
  • contextual and critical studies with a special focus on the ever-changing face of the Photographic Image.

Entry requirements

  • Grade C in GCSE Art or Photography and be a self-motivated and enthusiastically committed student.


Component 1:

‘Personal Investigation’ will account for 40% of the A level, marked against two key elements of Supporting Studies and Practical Work in which you shall demonstrate your existing skills in two or more Lens-Based disciplines.

You will negotiate your theme with your Photography Tutor, choosing carefully to reflect your emerging skills and integral ability. You will also be required to undertake and write a Personal Study of a minimum of 1000 words.

Component 2

is an ‘Externally Set Assignment’ worth 40% and culminates in a fifteen-hour exam based on the study and exploration of a  theme set by the exam board.

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You will be expected to use a hard-backed work-book in which to record your sources, observations and ideas, and it is preferable for you to have your own DSLR camera and/or 35mm film camera.

Future opportunities

This course prepares students for art and photography foundation courses and other arts-based courses in higher education.

Skills developed in A Level Photography are valuable for many careers where creative design skills are needed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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