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Photography (A Level) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

Both technical and creative, modern and traditional. Photography can be personalised to the creative individual. This course allows the student to explore themes, technology and history of photography. Students are not required to have their own camera but if they do they are encouraged to use it. Purchases may need to be made by the student when on the course, such as photopaper. Trips may be offered and visits to specific destinations may be required by each individual in their own time.

Course content

Photography consists of 4 Units in total. A coursework and exam unit in year 12 and then another coursework and exam unit in year 13. The exam units are externally set controlled tests. The coursework units are based on personal themes and projects chosen by the student. In year 12 students are given the tools and knowledge of photography so that they can utilise this in year 13.

Entry requirements

5 x  Grade 9-4 GCSEs  (preferably including a creative, visual subject)


Coursework and exam units are assessed internally and then moderated by the exam board. Coursework units are 1 and 3, exam units being 2 and 4.

Future opportunities

Many university courses, apprentices and careers that utilise photography either fully or partially. Great opportunities to be self employed, work for small enterprises or large national or global companies. Photography shows an employer many other skills such as organisation, perseverance, self management and the ability to think outside the box!

Further information

Students are expected to spend additional time on their units outside of college and in free lessons. It is advised that students may need to travel to specific destinations to develop their projects if needed. The students may also need to purchase equipment such as photo paper but it is not necessary to buy a camera but if students have their own camera they are encouraged to use it.

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: 27 September 2018
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.