A Level Photography


Introduction to this course

The A Level encourages you to explore a fascinating subject in both a creative and academic way. You will develop skills in a wide range of technical and creative processes, including the creation, selection and manipulation of visual imagery, encouraging your progression towards creative independence. You will learn technical skills in digital and film-based lens work and traditional analogue techniques and processes.


You will visit local and national galleries and National Trust properties to gain opportunities to take photographs for assignments.



How to Apply?

You can find out more about applying here



Entry Requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade A* - C. No previous experience is required although a keen interest in the subject and Art generally is essential.



Duration of this course

A Level is a two year course. Enrolment is only in September.



Career Prospects

This study programme is good preparation for an Art Foundation study programme or other specialist degree level qualifications, such as those available at Yeovil College and the Yeovil College University Centre Yeovil. Some students have used this qualification to set up their own photographic businesses or progress directly into employment.



How will I be assessed?

The coursework and personal study are both marked internally and externally moderated. The examiner marks the controlled test. Assessment is continuous throughout the year.



Course content/units

Mandatory Units

You take units 1, 2 and 3 in year 1, followed by units 4, 5 and 6 in year 2.


Unit 1 (10 weeks): A module based on observation of people in different settings. You will undertake research to explore the relationship between people and different environments. You will also visit a photography exhibition.


Unit 2 (10 weeks): A module that requires you to work in one or more area(s) of photography, for example, Landscape, Still Life or The Natural World, Experimental Imagery.


Unit 3: Controlled Test Four weeks preparatory period five hour exam. Two hours one day, three hours another day spent mainly in the darkroom.


Introductory Course (6 weeks) Year 1 Unit 1 - Coursework A Level = 15% of the mark AS Level = 30% of the mark


Unit 2 - Personal Investigation A Level = 15% of the mark AS Level = 30% of the mark


Unit 3 - Controlled Assignment A Level = 20% of the mark AS Level = 40% of the mark



Year 2

Unit 4 - Coursework A Level = 15%


Unit 5 - Personal Study A Level = 15%


Unit 6 = Controlled Test A Level = 20%



Expenses for this course

You will need to pay for materials. Costs vary depending upon your choice of project. Trips fund - £35.