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AS/A-Level Photography at Leeds City College

Course description

Photography is a medium that has seen vast growth in its importance as a means of both communication and expression.  The course is an exploration of the practice, theory and art of photography which introduces you to a wide range of influences, approaches and technologies, both digital and analogue, allowing you to develop your own creative and technical skills.

The emphasis is of producing creative work based on an understanding of the techniques involved, with reference to the work of exemplary practitioners in the field.  We give you a hands-on understanding of the medium and creative process.  You will become familiar with styles and techniques ranging from the simplest equipment and materials that you can make at home, right through to the latest digital technology.

There are specialised facilities equipped with industry standard resources and a suite of Apple-Macs for digital editing as well as a professional standard dark-room and studio facilities.

Course content

AS Photography:

Introduction to the basic principles of photography, practical experience of historical processes showing how current technology and practice has developed. How to creatively use analogue photographic equipment to produce high quality studio based images by setting up and controlling lights, camera controls, film processing and printing, presentation.How to use traditional and contemporary technologies to communicate ideas in single images and sequences.

A Level Photography: Familiarity with using cameras and making creative decisions under pressure in street photography: How to use photography as a medium of communication in a self-chosen documentary project: How to plan, resource and execute a project entirely of your own choosing from initial idea to final presentation.

Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

There are no additional formal entry requirements for this subject.  However, places on the A-Level Photography course are subject to a two week initial assessment period.


Assessment is in three parts, comprising coursework, written personal study and externally set project assignment. All are marked and verified internally, with external moderation at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

A-Level Photography is a suitable path towards careers or further studies in photography, creative arts, media, fashion and journalism amongst others.  However, it also provides transferable skills for any subject or career path requiring innovation and the ability to problem solve.

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: 07 November 2017
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