Photography – Photography A Level
This course is largely practical and focuses on visual communication skills as well as encouraging students to develop creative, innovative methods of expressing their personal ideas. Students will carry out projects, in-depth research and critical analysis of the work of other photographers, designers and artists, and will also use black and white photographic dark room techniques and experiment with digital media.
Course Specific Trips & Visits & Experiences
The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips to galleries, outdoor photoshoots and talks by visiting speakers, including a variety of local designers and artists.
After studying Photography at A Level, students can either take a one-year art foundation course at an Art College, progress directly to a degree in Photography, or move into employment (as a Photographer’s Assistant for example).
Entry Requirements & Assessment
Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.
In addition, students should meet the following minimum requirements:
- Grade 4 in Art or relevant Design Technology GCSE and Grade 5 if taking 2 Art courses
If students only have a Merit for their BTEC Level 2, then a portfolio of work is also required. Students will need their own 35 mm film SLR camera or a Digital SLR (DSLR) camera.
The exam board for Art A Level is EDUQAS (WJEC).
What goes well with this course?
Advanced Level courses in Photography, Art and Graphic Design involve a high level of practical work, which is extremely time consuming. Although these three subjects complement each other, it is not advisable to take more than two because of the expected workload. Photography can also be combined with BTEC Level 3 Art and Media courses.
How To Apply
Applications for entry September 2020. The application form for the academic year 2019-2020 is available to complete online here.
Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.
Get in touch
Tel: 01737 551 176
Fax: 01737 551 282
Coulsdon Sixth Form College