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Photography A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Photography is about …

  • understanding the technical and aesthetic aspects of Photography, researching photography artists and movements; analysing images;

  • studying in a well-equipped studio offering a professional environment in which to learn, where digital photography and image manipulation play a massive role in both coursework and examination units;

  • developing your photographic ideas in a personal and creative manner using digital lens based media.


There are two Units:


Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)


Unit 2: Externally Set Task (40%)


The Personal Investigation includes two elements (a & b):


a = a Portfolio of practical work based on a personal theme;

b = a related Personal Study that is an extended response to the same starting point, including a written analysis of a minimum of 1000 words.


The Externally Set Task is started in February of the second year. Students develop their own response to one starting point, chosen from the Exam Paper, to create a portfolio of preparation work. The Final Outcome for this preparation is completed during a 15-hour controlled Test in April.

Course content

The course is a continuation from GCSE Photography, Graphics or Art and gives you the opportunity to extend your photography skills both with still and moving images. You will develop creative skills that will enable you to produce a personal inventive artistic response to the visual world through a centre determined theme and with the aid of lens-based media and digital technology.

Entry requirements

Students should already have studied studied a Visual Arts GCSE subject and achieved a grade 4 or above.

Students wishing to study two Visual Arts subjects must have grade 5 or above.

Students must have a grade 5 in Mathematics and English Language.

APS 4.75

Future opportunities

Career prospects include: Illustration, Graphic Design, Advertising, Web and Multimedia Design, Product Design, Fashion Design and any field where practical and creative skills are an important aspect of the work.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Ms Sanders, Subject Leader: Visual Arts at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year