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Photography A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Students develop a wide range of practical photographic skills using traditional film and digital cameras.  Processing and post production techniques are taught using a darkroom and Photoshop software.  Analytical and evaluative skills are developed through annotations and more in depth writing to build technical and contextual understanding and inform practical progress.  Students will also gain an understanding of how to use an SLR camera.  Contextual understanding of photographers and styles of photography will also be explored.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

Topics provide a structure within which a student learns technical skills and creatively develops and explores their potential.

Contextual studies range from early pioneers of photography to contemporary practice.

Field trips and gallery visits are an essential component of the course.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students will need to achieve 5 GCSE 9-5 grades, including English and Maths as well as a grade 9-5 or equivalent at GCSE in Photography or an Art & Design course. 

Grade 4 will be be considered through interview, supported by previous teacher references.




Assessment is conducted by the teacher in the first instance then shared and discussed within the department prior to external moderation by the examination board.

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

High achievement can enable direct access to degree courses in photography or lens based media.  Due to its balance between visual and academic skills, photography is valued by many career paths within the creative industries, in the media and wider economy.

Other career opportunities may include photo journalism, fashion photography, advertising and police evidence photography.

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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