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Art & Design (Photography) AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

This A level is designed for those who wish to build

on their interest in photography and who have some

experience of using photographic equipment. It

offers the opportunity to explore and experiment

creatively with a wide range of conventional and

digital processes, techniques and materials such as

black and white darkroom processing and Photoshop

software. You will use cameras, enlargers and

computers, and be able to create project work that

draws on your own experiences and enthusiasms.

You will learn about the history and development of

photography, and discover how and why photographs

play such an important role in modern life.

Course content


Coursework consists of a portfolio of practical

exploratory work with supporting sketchbooks,

which is developed over two terms.

A five hour externally set assignment is undertaken

in the spring or summer term, and is based on one of

five themes set by the Exam Board.



Coursework consists of a two-term Personal

Investigation project. It will require greater breadth

and depth of study, and pupils have to incorporate a

substantial written element which supports their

practical study – this can be from 1,000 - 3,000

words long.


A fifteen hour externally set assignment is

undertaken in the summer term, which provides the

opportunity for pupils to respond in their own way

to one of eight themes set by the Exam Board.

Entry requirements

If you wish to study Photography

A level, then you should normally have achieved at

least four C grades at GCSE, with a grade B being

desirable. Pupils who have not studied photography

before should ideally be conversant with a SLR

camera and would benefit from having access to one.


Ongoing work is assessed by course tutors every six

weeks. Coursework carries 50% of the total mark, and

the Externally Set Assignment the other 50%.


work is marked internally during the summer term,

and a sample is moderated by the Exam Board.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
 payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

If a pupil wishes to pursue Photography into Higher

Education, they would normally follow a one-year

Foundation course before going on to a degree

course, although this is not always the case with

certain universities. A broad range of degree courses

are available together with many related subjects

such as television and video.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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      From the M5 leave the motorway at junction 23 and join the A39 eastwards. From the M3 leave the motorway at junction 8 and join the A303 westwards and then the B3151 for Millfield

      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.