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Photography at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Photography?

The new linear A Level course offers students the opportunity to learn the wide breadth of photographic practice and its techniques and processes and how to apply an understanding of visual language and formal elements to develop a sophisticated body of work. The course allows students to extend their knowledge of both the technical and theory side encourages students to explore new ways of seeing the world using a wide variety of photographic techniques and processes.

You will have the opportunity to develop photographic skills ranging from traditional darkroom to experimental image making, studio, location and digital. In the second year of the course you will build on these skills to produce a portfolio that shows a wide range of high coursework produced over the two years, enabling you to have an excellent range of work for both university and industry interviews.

Runshaw has a dedicated photography studio with a good range of lighting and props and a fully equipped black and white darkroom. Taught in specialist, purpose built studios and workshops, by teachers who have worked in the industry in a variety of different fields, supported by a subject specialist technician.

Photography students have the opportunity to:

  • Go on study visits to galleries and photography festivals in London, Bradford and Liverpool
  • Undertake real-life briefs and enter work into competitions
  • Create a portfolio of your work and work with peers to organise a final group exhibition

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 69% of students achieving A*-B grades, and 25% achieving A*-A grades.

What will I study?

You will investigate:

  • Alternative processes
  • Black and white photography
  • Colour photography
  • Digital photography
  • Location photography
  • Studio photography

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Photography specifically, this should include a Grade 5 in Art & Design, OR a Grade 5 in Photography, however if neither of these have been taken, a task is available.


How is the course assessed?

  • An internally assessed unit of coursework worth 60%;
  • An externally set examination worth 40%.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

This A Level will enable potential progression to university on to a Photography or Art-related degree course, or a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Both could lead to an art or design-related career, or an excellent accompaniment for anyone wishing to go into a career within journalism or the television industry.

Where are you going?

  • Camera Operator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Events Photographer
  • Media Executive

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • Business
  • English
  • Film
  • Fine Art
  • Graphics
  • Psychology

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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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAPHOTO

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