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Photography AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Photography is regarded as a cross-curricular subject and is accepted by universities and colleges as a discipline showing wide-ranging ability. Students research, analyse and evaluate in exactly the same way as any other level 3 course. We deliver a broad range of photographic skills on the course that include visual language, camera techniques and Photoshop skills. All our staff have Photographic industry experience which gives our students a real advantage over other centres. We have a large stock of loan equipment available to students.

The course will provide you with the visual and technical skills in order that you develop the ability to express yourself with originality and creative flair, through a variety of activities. It will teach you an understanding of research skills and appreciation of the work of other artists.

Course content

The course is divided into three areas of study:

Visual skills and visual application.
Researching skills, organisation planning and personal analysis.
The use if IT and digital images with professional industry software.

Exposure, lighting a photographic image.
Camera controls to support visual creativity.
Alternative techniques for example Stop Motion and Tilt shift photography.

Research skills to support visual creativity.
Personal development through imagery.
Artistic skills in creativity.
Personal expression of ideas in creativity.

There is a strong emphasis on exploring the exciting artistic potential of photography. This is done through exploring various means of visual representation ranging from black and white printing, digital imagery to combining mixed media. The broad application of this medium is based upon a personal investigation into how photography functions as a creative and cultural means of communication within an historical and contemporary setting. Assessment is by coursework units and practical examination.

Entry requirements

5 grades C or above at GCSE.
GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and an Art subject is desirable.


You will be assessed throughout the year on coursework and the final set exam.
Student needs will be assessed and students will be given the opportunity to follow personal development plans.

The AS level consists of two units:

  • Unit 1 is the Coursework Portfolio set by the college. 60% of the overall mark
  • Unit 2 is the Externally set assignment. 40% of the overall mark

The A level consists of two units:

  • Unit 1 is the personal investigation with a written study. 60% of the overall mark.
  • Unit 2 is the Externally set assignment. 40% of the overall mark.


Financial information

There is a studio fee of £25.00 per year.

Students will also need to buy their own photographic film, printing paper, workbook folders, IT quality printing paper and IT portable storage formats such as UBS memory sticks.

There is a loan facility for photographic equipment but it can be limited at times. Students are advised to have their own camera if possible. Please contact the photography lecturers for advice about suitable cameras.

All chemicals for black and white film and print processing are supplied. The college also provides a black and white film processing service.

Future opportunities

The A level qualification combines well with other subject areas and will enable you to apply for a wide range of degree subjects.

There are specific degree courses with photography as the major subject and many students progress straight onto these courses, or in combination with other subjects e.g. Communication Studies, Media Studies, Historical and
Cultural Studies, Media/Computer Imagery.

This subject is also good for students wishing to go into the visual arts degrees and foundation studies.

Further information

IT software used in Photography is Microsoft Office 2010, MAC OX, Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Photoshop CS6 and use of the internet from home.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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