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Photography A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

The use of photography in modern society is wide ranging and incredibly diverse. To reflect this emphasis is placed on the individual exploration of themes and the development of your visual awareness and analytical ability.

During the course you will be introduced to a variety of skills, exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. We will teach you primarily to use digital cameras with the option of using film cameras later in the course. At this point you will gain an understanding of composition, framing and exposure.   You will be trained to use our fully equipped darkroom and photographic studios.  Written materials of a critical and analytical nature are also a major requirement for the course.

Studying Photography will help you to develop your creative photography skills and enhance your visual understanding and appreciation of Art & Design.  If you enjoy practical tasks, being creative and seeing a worthwhile conclusion to your efforts, have a strong interest in photography and want to expand your knowledge and understanding of the subject, this is the course for you.

You will need commitment, enthusiasm and motivation to the subject, an open mind and a willingness to be experimental and creative and the ability to meet deadlines. A grade C or above in any creative based subject is preferred but not essential.

Course content

A Level (year two)

Unit Three: Coursework

The second year builds upon the skills acquired at AS – giving you the opportunity to develop your own choice of project. You will also need to develop a written personal study alongside this practical project.

Unit Four: Externally Set Assignment

This is a self-contained practical project which involves a personal response to an externally set theme. This culminates in an extended, timed practical examination. (12 hours)


All of the evidence needed to pass this subject is produced through coursework and portfolio construction.  However, the course does have some practical tasks set under timed conditions.

The majority of your study is practical work.  However, there are some theoretical aspects to the course which include; evaluation of your projects, annotation of your photographs and writing about the work of other photographers.

Further information



Students will need a digital camera and where possible a 35mm film camera and should be aware that there may be small additional costs throughout the year for items such as photographic paper.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years