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Photography A Level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

Photography has been used by practitioners to record, document and present examples of everyday life, in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. It has also been used as the vehicle for artistic expression, communicating personal ideas about the world around us. It is used to convey personal identity more widely than any other art form and is widely used in social, commercial and scientific contexts.

Course content

Unit 1: Personal Investigation.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment.

Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 5.5, GCSE Grade C in Art based subject, Grade C in English Language, Grade B in Media related subject.


Unit 1: Coursework + Personal Study (1000 words minimum) 60% of A Level.

Unit 2: Preparatory studies plus 15 hours of controlled assessment over three consecutive weeks 40% of A Level.

Future opportunities

A good grade in Photography at A Level is valued by universities and employers, as it requires you to demonstrate the ability to solve creative problems and think independently. This course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Photography or other Art & Design related subjects in higher education, for example on a Foundation course at an Art College, from which students go on to study subjects such as Fashion, Product Design, Fine Art, Interior Design and Theatre and Film/Set Design. Students often study Media or Creative Design related degrees after completing an A Level in Photography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years