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Photography AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

This course is largely practical and focuses on visual communication skills, encouraging students to develop creative, innovative methods of expressing their personal vision. Students will carry out projects, in-depth research and critical analysis of the work of other photographers, designers and artists, and will also use black and white photographic techniques and experiment with digital media.

Course content

All work is based on set projects which are carefully designed to encourage students to achieve the assessment levels set by the exam board. As students will be working on individual projects, lessons tend to involve different activities for each student. A lot of the teaching is focused on one-to-one tutorials, although there are also regular whole class sessions.  The College is fortunate to have extremely talented teaching staff who are equipped with the specialist photographic knowledge necessary to both inspire students and help them reach their full potential.

Lessons vary in nature, but might include:

  • listening to a lecture and taking notes
  • giving a presentation of your own work
  • researching a photographer, a technique in a book or on the internet
  • shooting a film using the lighting kit
  • processing a film or working in the darkroom
  • digitally manipulating images on the computer
  • writing up the results of an experiment in a workbook
  • gathering and discussing ideas in a group

Entry requirements

Students are required to have at least a Grade B in GCSE Art or Graphic Design (if taken), or a Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Art & Design.

If students only have a Merit for their BTEC Level 2, then  a portfolio of work is also required.  

Students will need full-time access to both a 35 mm film SLR camera and a Digital SLR (DSLR) camera.


The exam board for AS/A Level Photography is Pearson Edexcel.

Future opportunities

After studying Photography at AS/A Level, students can either take a one-year foundation course at an Art College, or progress directly to a degree in Photography.

Further information

Photography students are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included trips to:

  • London galleries
  • Tate Britain
  • New York

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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