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Photography A Level at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

This course covers many skill areas including practical, visual, creative, technical and communication. For this reason it has a broad appeal and will equip you with a wide range of skills for use in further education or employment. There is an emphasis on independent learning so you will be encouraged to discuss your proposals with the teacher and fulfil your objectives under your own steam. Enthusiasm for and engagement with the world around you is of paramount importance but the ability to take risks, manage time, problem solve and communicate well are amongst skills you will be expected to develop. Those students wishing to pursue vocational courses in the arts will find this a particularly good subject choice.

Course content

A level Unit 1: Personal Study - 60% of total ‘A’ Level marks. This is lengthy project whose theme is chosen by you. Unit 2: 40% of total ‘A’ Level marks .A lengthy project set by the exam that ends with a 15 hour exam to produce the final piece.

Entry requirements

A GCSE in art is beneficial but by no means essential. Students will need the normal A* to C pass rate to study advanced Level 3 courses.


There are four key areas of assessment, these are simply described as Artists Reference and development; Experimentation; Ideas and Observations; and Final Piece.

Future opportunities

Most businesses will require the services of a photographer and many employ one full time to service their businesses. They are many specialist areas of photography with colleges offering degree courses in specialisms such as Documentary, Fashion and Nature. Many other degree courses require photography as an essential skill within their program. The film industry is heavily reliant on skilled camera personnel. The transferable skills you learn in this area, including developing ideas, project managing and (visual) communication skills. Characteristics of successful students include drive, ambition, self motivation and self belief, qualities that future employers will doubtless value. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years