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A Level Photography at St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

The Art Department at St John Fisher offers a range of facilities and equipment allowing students to develop their work in a style and media that suits their individual skills.

We have an Apple Mac suite for photographic editing and artist research, as well as an extensive library of books and resources.

Our aim at KS5 is to guide students with their reative and independent learning, generating a working environment that is supportive to their needs. 

Students are encouraged to explore their own ideas and intersets with a view to developing a confident and creative personal style.

Course content

Throughout the course we are able to build upon the skills learned at GCSE and encourage students to produce personal and responsive work.

During the course we aim to develop out students' ability to:

  • Explore and experiment with a range of media and techniques
  • Develop their own interests, opinions and preferences in photographic work
  • To explore with confidence set themes, developing their own ideas
  • To develop personal and independent responses to themes

Entry requirements

GCSE Photography or Fine Art or an equivalent quality portfolio.


Year 12:

Component 1:

Portfolio of work: Sketchbooks containing annotated contact sheets and prints demonstating techniques and set themes.

Year 13: 

Component 1: 60% of overall mark 

Personal Investigation

Practical study with theme of student's own chosing supported by an essay of 1000 words minimum

Component 2.   40% of overall mark

A2 Externally-Set Assignment

Supervised time 15 hours

Future opportunities

We aim to not only develop a student's practical skills but also to equip them with the contextual language and maturity they will need to succeed in further education and careers in the creative industries.

As well as developing students' photographic abilities and ideas we also give advice and support with preparing portfolios for interview.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mark Stevens
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782615636
    • Email address: