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A-Level Photography at West Kent College

Course description

Photography A-Level will introduce you to a variety of experiences, exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. Researching the work of other photographers and artists is an integral part of the investigating and making process. You’ll produce a sketchbook, workbook or journal, documenting your research and recording the development of your own work. When you complete the course you’ll be able to express ideas and link your intentions to outcomes in a confident and assured manner. This qualification will encourage you to explore and develop specialist photography skills in a creative and innovative setting.

Year 1

The first year will introduce learners to a range of both traditional and contemporary photographic practices and contexts in preparation for the year 2 assessments.

Year 2

Component 01 is the personal investigation. Learners must produce two elements in response to a College or learner-set starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus: a portfolio of practical work and a related study.

Component 02 is the externally set task. It will provide learners with a range of themes each with written and visual starting points, a brief and stimuli. From these, one option must be selected by the learner on which they must base their personal response.

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at Grades A*-C/9-4 including English and mathematics, and Grade B/6 or above in a related subject.


Component 01 is a non-exam assessment. It is internally marked and externally moderated. This component is marked out of 120 marks and contributes 60% to the overall weighting of OCR’s photography A-Level.

Component 02 is the externally set task and a non-exam assessment. It is internally marked and externally moderated. This component is marked out of 80 marks and contributes 40% to the overall weighting of OCR’s photography A-Level.

Future opportunities

Upon completing this course you will be equipped to move on to university, a higher apprenticeship or work. A-Level Photography is ideal if you wish to progress into journalism, graphic design, media or advertising.

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: 30 October 2018
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