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Art and Design (Photography) A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

A Level Photography enables students to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of Photography through understanding how an SLR Digital camera works, editing photographs and experimenting altering images in order to communicate ideas.  They will visit exhibitions and experience workshops. The first term allows students to build up their skills through a series of teacher led workshops and mini projects.  Students need to be resourceful with ideas and able to source interesting locations in order to undertake photoshoots.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a B grade in Fine Art or Unendorsed Art and Design or Art Textiles or Graphic Communications at GCSE. (Students may be considered who have not done an Art related GCSE only on presentation of a portfolio of work at interview.)


At A Level the students work on an extended major ‘personal investigation’ project producing a body of work which they choose independently.  This can include anything the student feels appropriate to their selected theme, issue or concept which shows a development from an initial starting point to a final realisation. At A Level is the study of how photographers work and express their ideas and feelings relating to different times and contexts.  The personal investigation is supported by a written study of approximately 3,000 words. The externally set assignment is a question paper which gives a variety of starting points which the students select one question to respond to.  The final exam is 15 hours long.

Future opportunities

With a Photography A Level students can progress into further education, higher education or employment.  It equips them to progress onto an Art Foundation Course, Higher National Diploma or Honours Degree in Art and Design. It is also a suitable course for students who have an interest in the subject but who do not intend to study it beyond A Level.  We have had students who successfully study photography then go on to take Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Humanities at university.  The course also supports choices such as Photojournalism, Freelance Photography, Digital Imagery and Media Communications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve School directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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