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Photography A Level at Hailsham Community College

Course description

Art, Craft & Design : Photography and Lens Based Media (AS/A2)

A Level Photography is a dynamic course that focuses on digital photography and editing. We have a well equipped department with digital SLR cameras, studio lighting and backdrops and a suite of Mac computers with industry standard editing software. We have a strong contemporary focus, we embrace new media and technologies and offer passionate specialist staff who can guide you down your chosen creative path.

Course content

How Will I Learn?

You will start the course with some structured lessons designed to help you discover and master camera and editing and hone your analytical and research skills. This boosts confidence in your technical ability when you embark on your own personal work. The course is very “hands on” at a practical level and encourages a degree of personal interest and involvement. Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative in their approach, making and manipulating images, communicating messages and meaning and fully exploring their ideas.

You will be expected to take this enthusiasm with you into your study time where you can execute these new skills to build a varied and exciting portfolio of work. The units of work all require research and analysis of artists and photographers, creation and development of ideas using appropriate innovative skills and the creation of ambitious final outcomes.

There is also a practical study visit to London on offer where you shall spend the day taking photographs to boost your portfolio and visiting a major gallery.

Entry requirements

C Grade or above in GCSE Photography. (You may be able to take AS Photography without a GCSE. This would be dependent on providing a strong portfolio of your own art work to teaching staff prior to starting the course.)


We teach AS and A2  as discrete qualifications.

·        AS – Unit 1: A portfolio (nphysical and digital) of Photography, including short themed projects.

·        AS – Unit 2: An externally set themed unit, culminating in a 10 hour timed practical exam for the production of your final work.

·        A2 – Unit 3: A Personal Study unit on a theme of your choosing. This is developed as a unit of work and translates into an extended essay. (Both unit and essay are submitted.)

·        A2 – Unit 4: An externally set themed unit, culminating as a 15 hour timed practical exam for the production of your final work.

Financial information

Essential Equipment

A Digital SLR camera and tripod essential at this level. A memory card reader, memory stick to carry digital work, a folder to carry and protect work, a regular supply of glue-sticks and a positive attitude is also required. Students will also be required to undertake practical self-study tasks outside of lessons. You therefore will be expected to equip yourself with some vital kit prior to starting the course.



Students will be asked to make a payment (currently £40 but subject to change) to contribute towards the large amounts of specialist printing that they will have to do as an essential part of the course.

Future opportunities

Where will it lead?

A level photography can lead to or support a range of careers in the Arts or New Media. Academically, students from this course have gone on to Fine Art, Photography and Film degrees as well as Art Foundation courses.

Further information

Is A Level Photgraphy for me?

Do you want to express yourself and capture the world around you? Do you enjoy creating? If you want to deepen your understanding of Photography and also develop your technical skills to a high standard, then join the Art Department. We tailor the AS/A2 course to suit your needs and interests and aim to provide you with a sound technical skills-base to help you express yourself and impress future employers!


How to apply?

You can apply for AS/A Level Photography through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.


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: 31 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years