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Photography A Level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

Photographers capture the essence of a definitive moment in time, fixed in a single frame, seeing a world that often goes unseen by the human eye. What is caught on film is captured forever. The image retains and records the little things, long after they have been forgotten. You can create alternative realities, experiences and emotions in which we are forced to question our own perception. The possibilities are endless.

If you want to discover the thrill of photography, through visual communication and self-expression, this course encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to photography, enabling you to go beyond your own expectations. Students explore strong technical processes alongside personal, aesthetic responses to a large range of primary sources, in a variety of contexts. Students are encouraged to develop their independent learning skills in the creation of exciting and individual work. Students are expected to research a variety of sources including the work of contemporary photographers and image makers and visits to galleries and relevant sites.

Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary photography practice and be able to produce work that embraces a range of ideas. There is a focus on photography practice and the integration of theory, knowledge and understanding. This course will suit you if you enjoy experimenting, creating images and communicating in a visual world, researching photography and photography history, if you enjoy working independently and have strong self-motivational skills.

Complementary Subjects

Photography can be studied as part of a portfolio of creative subjects, such as Art and Design and Media Studies. Equally students from other disciplines may well enjoy the opportunity to explore and develop a different set of skills.

Course content

The A Level is a two year course which consists of 3 units of work:

  • photography portfolio
  • critical study
  • externally set assignment.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a grade 5 (or grade B) or above in GCSE Art or another creative subject. Alternatively a personal portfolio of work to demonstrate interests, aesthetics and technical skills.


Specification: Eduqas: A656QS

Unit 1:

  • Personal Photographic Portfolio and Critical Study
  • 60% of A Level

Unit 2:

  • Externally set assignment
  • 40% of A Level

All coursework is marked internally and externally.

Future opportunities

Photography students may choose to progress onto Art Foundation courses and degrees in subjects such as Art and Design, Photography, Architecture, Design, Teaching, Film, Animation or directly into employment in these areas.

Further information


We have a fantastic new darkroom and studio, photographic enlargers and chemicals, state of the art studio lighting equipment, as well as an amazing range of new cameras and lenses, which are available on loan from the department. It is an advantage to have your own camera, but it is not a course requirement. The department is equipped with brand new laptops, Photoshop CS6 and printers, enabling students to become creative, adventurous and independent photographers. We will provide a wide range of materials and resources however students may be asked to provide any additional photographic paper and film as the course develops.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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