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Art and Design (Photography) A Level at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

Photography is an Art & Design course with the focus on lens-based work. The endorsement will be in Photography. The emphasis of the practical work is to employ creative approaches which could also include work in other Art disciplines.

Course content

In addition to the practical element, the course requires the research and critical evaluation, in written form, of the work of photographers and other artists. These creative investigations allow a greater understanding of the role of Photography within society and the importance of the photograph as a cultural artefact.

Year One: Portfolio

First-year work focuses upon skills and research.

Coursework Portfolio
You will record and present your practical work and your research into different photographers and artists. 
The Portfolio will be used as a means of skills building in preparation for Year Two.

Year Two:

In the second year, the emphasis is on original ideas and interests.

Personal Investigation
You choose the theme or topic that you wish to follow, building on your previous year’s work. You are required to create more mature resolved work and write a personal study of at least 1000 words. This will focus on the work of individual artists, reflecting on the social, cultural and historical role of their work and how this has influenced your own practical project.

Controlled Assignment (15 hours)
Preparation for the assignment lasts at least six weeks and ends with a fully resolved final piece which you are given 15 hours to complete.
This unit allows you to build upon the work done in your personal investigation.

Entry requirements

As a minimum you will need:

  • Grade 4 or C in GCSE English.

No previous photography qualification is required but a keen interest in the subject and Art, in general, is essential.

Future opportunities

Many of our students progress to Art Foundation courses at art college or university and then on to a range of specialist Art courses in higher education. 
A few students each year progress straight on to Photography degree courses.

Further information

Resources and facilities

You will need to buy a Department Kit of materials, although the department will supply most of what you need to create your own work.
Support materials are provided.
You are also expected to have access to a digital camera, iPod, iPhone or similar, capable of being used with downloadable apps.


There are occasional trips to local and national galleries.
For second-year students, there is a five-day study visit abroad.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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