A Level Course Photography

The 2 year linear Photography course aims to provide students with the necessary skills to develop their understanding of traditional and contemporary practices. Work produced for this specification should form a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images. Students must employ creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording to begin to understand more complex ideas in design.

Students will take part in a variety of workshops to explore new and innovative ways of creating and enhancing imagery. These are based around both traditional techniques and digital enhancement through using both manual and other means.

Year 12:

Students will select a theme to work from and create a body of work that takes them on their own independent and artistic journey.


  • Identity/Obsession
  • Urban Space
  • Growth & Decay
  • Fears and Fascinations
  • Power of the Media

Year 13:

Students complete 2 Components of work (project based) within the year.

Component 1: Personal Investigation

Includes practical work in sketchbooks, final outcomes and a continuous written piece which are assessed as an integrated whole. The student dictates the focus of their area of study.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (ESA)

Starting point provided by the Exam Board. Preparatory work completed ahead of final outcomes, which are completed within 15 hours of supervised time.

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