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Photography A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Photography?

  • If your intention is to follow a creative career.
  • The course is designed to encourage creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding, transferable to other areas.

To study as a subject that may be either a positive contrast or complement to your other chosen subjects – Fine Art, Contemporary Fine Art, Film Studies, Media Studies, The Social Sciences, Music, Performing Arts, Dance, Criminology

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?.

This is a broad course of study.

The study of traditional photographic techniques including, researching light exposure, film speed, aperture variation, focus. Dark Room techniques. Photograms, Cyanatypes, Photo-montage. Moving image/time based Photography. Digital Photography including image manipulation, through various software packages including Photoshop.

Drawing to develop ideas and outcomes, Use of a range of techniques to combine traditional photography, digital photography, drawings and collage/ montage to realise outcomes.

A wide range of photographers, artists, film makers and art movements will be studied, including Contemporary works.

Trips & Additional Activities

There are trips out to relevant galleries and exhibitions in London throughout the course, such as the Photographers Gallery, the Courthauld Institute, The Tate Modern

There is a foreign trip in May of Year 12 and residential UK trip at the beginning of Year 13.

University and Degree Show trips are also organised; including to our partner the University of Creative Arts.

Lectures by department staff and guest visitors are organised throughout the course, and portfolio sessions and workshops are run in Year 13.

Creative work experience placements are facilitated


Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

Five 4s. Minimum of a 4 at GCSE Art. Photography can be taken alongside one of the other Art courses 


Exam Board:   OCR

Component 1 – Personal investigation (60% of the final grade):  

(i)  a portfolio of practical work in response to a brief or stimulus, devised and provided by the centre 

(ii) a related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words. 

Component 2 – Short project period ending in 15 hour final practical exam (externally set task, 40% of the final grade)                

Future opportunities

Further courses such as Art Foundation Course, and degrees and careers in: fine art, art historian, graphic design, computer game design, photography, illustration, museum and curating work, advertising, film, TV, reporting

Further information

For more information contact the Head of Department: Mrs A Lombard ( or 01480 375700 ext 5768)

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: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Photo