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Photography is offered as a subject choice at A Level and there is no requirement to have any knowledge of photography from previous qualifications. However, is it desirable to have passed a GCSE in a creative subject, such as Art. A passion for lens based media is required, as well as the ability to be organised and committed to independent study.

Experimentation with photography is actively encouraged and it is important for students to develop their own voice and form of expression with the medium.


The AQA Art and Design, specialising in Photography syllabus is studied.

Year 12

Students are thrown back in time to around 470 BC in the very first lesson. The entire classroom is transformed into a camera obscura and we begin to understand the mechanics and the science behind making pictures. Over due course we work our way towards present day and digital cameras, via pinhole, cyanotypes and of course 35mm film. Students are exposed to the wide variety of techniques in image making available to them before commencing their own study in an area of their choice. At each stage students are encouraged to channel their inner curiosity and constantly ask the question, what if?

Solargraphy made by a Year 12 student
Charlie Bell, Year 12 - Unit 1


Year 13

The A2 Course offers students the opportunity to further develop their area of interest, focus their studies and become specialists in their fields.

Unit 3 is a practical unit and students must show their learning and developing through sustained photographic study as well as written communication. At this stage the work becomes more sophisticated and students begin to develop their own style and visual language. Students will complete a 1000-3000 essay further exploring their chosen area of study.

Photographic experimentation by Year 13 student
Lawrence Li, Year 13 - Unit 3

Unit 4 Students are offered a wider range of potential starting points. We begin by first choosing a one word topic to study and then begin to develop ideas based firstly on questioning and imagination which is then backed up by artist research and relevant photoshoots. This platform gives students the ability to display all that they have learnt over the course and their final pieces are exhibited before being marked and externally moderated. 

Photographic experimentation by Year 13 student
Eliza Mosely, Year 13 - Unit4

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