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Photography - A level at City College

Course description

This course has four main areas of focus:

  • Recording: extending your photography skills
  • Contextual Research: extending your knowledge of photographers and creating reference pages
  • Experimenting: with a range of techniques
  • Developing your ideas: creating a range of conclusions

Entry requirements

B Grade in GCSE Photography. C/4 grade applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Grade C/4 in English is also recommended.


Personal Investigation (60% of the total A level)

Learners should produce two elements:

  • A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by the learner or centre.
  • A related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.

Externally set task (40% of the total A level)

The early release paper will be issued on 1st February and will provided learners with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. A response should be based on one of these options. 15 hour controlled-time (exam).

Financial information

The course is open to anyone who is aged 16-18 on the 31st August,  in the year that the course starts

Future opportunities

This qualification supports progression into further and higher education, training or employment in a wide variety of disciplines

Further information

To find out more information please contact City College, on 01782 853535 or at

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2018
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