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Photography A level at Kings Langley School

Course description

Candidates are required to demonstrate command of the production of still images and/or moving images through the lens-based approach. Candidates are expected to use a range of methods, techniques and processes such as: traditional chemical technology, printing and developing films; digital technology to manipulate and print photographic images. Knowledge of camera equipment, lenses and lights. Experimental photographic techniques and a knowledge of some aspects of photographic history and famous artist photographers.

Entry requirements

It is not essential that students have achieved at least a C grade at GCSE Art but they may be at a severe disadvantage if they have not. It must also be recognised that there is a significant amount of written analysis and a final project of 1000 - 3000 words to be completed in the second year of the course. A minimum of a grade C at GCSE English is also highly recommended.



The course also has two mandatory units.

In the first, Candidates submit one major project containing practical work about a theme that has a personal significance. The project must include a related separate written study of between 1000 and 3000 words (60% of the A Level).

The second unit is a Controlled Assignment where Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper. Candidates are to be given a minimum of three weeks in which to plan and prepare. Candidates are then given 15 hours of controlled time to realise their ideas into a final outcome or outcomes(40% of the A Level).

Financial information

A contribution towards the costs of printing large or multiple images may be required.

Future opportunities

Pursue interests in a range of arts areas or take further qualifications in photography, film or other new media. This could lead to careers in advertising, television, film industry etc either in the creative production side or management and organisation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years