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Photography AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

You can do A level Photography with A level Art and Design or with other subjects. It is a popular subject as the facilities and the record of success speak for themselves. There are two darkrooms equipped with black and white 35mm enlargers including one for medium format, studio settings and also a range of photographic equipment to borrow, including wide angle and telephoto lenses and digital cameras now including 20 Nikon DSLR cameras. We have the latest in digital imaging – iMac computers and Photoshop software which students use to manipulate and develop images and produce outcomes. New additions include Final Cut Pro, Toon Boon, Flash and Illustrator for animation and editing moving images.

Course content

In the first year of Photography you will learn and build new techniques using both traditional darkroom practices and more contemporary digital methods. The year is separated by continual practical workshops and mini projects, creating a diverse and exciting portfolio. In the second year you will build on these skills to develop your own thematic project and personal study.

Entry requirements

Usually A*-B in GCSE Art and Design, A*-B in GCSE Photography.


The course is structured and assessed in the same way as Art, with one piece of coursework 60% and a controlled test each year 40%.

Future opportunities

Past students have gone to study Photography at college, HND or degree level at places such as the London College of Fashion. Jobs which might be considered are photo journalist, fashion photographer, advertising, commercial illustrator, medical photographer, audio/visual producer, digital imaging specialist, fine art photographer, visual artist, archivist, forensic photographer, aerial photographer, art director, photo editor, custom printer, gallery director, freelance professional photographer, museum staff member, cinematographer, historical/architectural photographer, photofinisher, studio photographer, photographic assistant or, finally, photography teacher!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

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