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Photography A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

AS: This is a one year course leading to the AQA AS Level in Art & Design (Photography). The course provides opportunities to develop intellectual, imaginative and creative skills while helping students to understand the practices and use of photography in the past and in contemporary society.

A2: The A2 units will build on skills and understanding developed in the AS and will allow for a greater depth of experience and study. When combined with the AS it will result in the Advanced Level Art & Design (Photography)

The course as a whole will provide a broad and balanced study of the development of photography and its significance as a means of expression and communication. The college darkroom and studio offer all students the opportunity to respond to a range of themes in an individual manner. The college provides 35mm and digital cameras, a fully equipped darkroom and a studio with tungsten and electronic flash systems. Digital darkroom facilities are also available offering Adobe Photoshop and other graphics software along with flatbed scanners and printers.

Entry requirements

You will need six full GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English Language and a creative/art based subject.

Other qualifications will be considered from more mature students. 


Both the AS and A2 consist of a coursework unit and a control test set by the board both worth 50% each. They are marked internally then externally moderated. 

Future opportunities

This subject can be combined with other AS/A Level Art and Design subjects and used to provide a good folder for entry to Foundation Courses in Art and Design or combined with other A levels for entry to university or used to provide access to specialist photography courses. 

Further information

Contact Name: Sam Rouse Curriculum Leader - Arts
Contact Email:

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: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: POAS-DJA119
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