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Photography at Swinton Academy

Course description

Photography is one of the few truly universal forms of communication that crosses both social and cultural boundaries, and is apparent in many aspects of our everyday life.  As an A Level Photography student you will be encouraged to explore your creativity and use your imagination, as well as being challenged in problem solving and to think philosophically about how and why photographs are created.  You will also develop a solid skill set, becoming proficient in the use of Photoshop as well as Digital and Darkroom photography.

Course content

In Year one you will learn how to use both SLR and DSLR cameras and their functions.  You will develop your knowledge and experience of lens based media using both dark room and digital processes, as well as becoming proficient in the use of key elements which enable you to make good quality photographs, as well as studying different photographic genres.

The 2nd year of A Level Photography will enable students more freedom for personal development as creative practitioners.  The Personal Investigation will ensure concepts and skills are more specialised, developed and thoroughly explored, learning how to contextualise your work whilst fostering your own style.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English Language and Art and Design – if you do not have a GCSE in the Visual Arts, you will be expected to provide a portfolio of work which demonstrates your skills and interests


Ongoing assessment of coursework, projects and formal examinations.

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Future opportunities

There are a diverse range of careers that can develop from studying photography, especially at degree level: Commercial Photography, TV and Film, Media, Archive/documentation, Advertising, Photographic illustration, Research, Fashion Houses, Artist or Designer.

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: 08 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mrs K Jones
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01709 570586
    • Email address: