Entry requirements: A portfolio of work needs to be submitted before entry onto the course 


Alongside the practical expertise you’ll develop in your studies, you will also learn transferable skills valued in both higher education and the world of work. The analytical and creative problem solving elements of the course will support you in a range of subjects. Photography also teaches you how to learn from your experiences and work independently – skills valued by employers and higher education institutions alike.

Component 1 – Personal investigation. 60% of total A Level mark
Students conduct a personal investigation based on an idea, issue or theme supported by written material. This will include written and practical elements. A Barcelona Trip at Easter 2019 is available.

Component 2 – Externally set assignment. 40% of total A Level mark
Students select a starting point from eight questions set by AQA and preparatory work will take place between February and May. Students undertake 15 hours of unaided/ supervised time.


Students are required to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths and sustaining their own lines of enquiry. Students are expected to complete independent research, record, photograph, experiment, evaluate and modify ideas to extend thinking and inform their own artwork. All work presented for assessment must show coverage of each of the four Assessment Objectives. Each component is externally moderated in June.


Once you have built up a good portfolio of work you will be ready to develop your art studies further. Many students go on to do a one year foundation course at Art College. Further photography study at degree level could lead to a wide range of exciting careers from advertising to fashion photography and from commercial photography to photo journalism. If you have any concerns or questions about the course please look at the examination board website – - or contact a member of the Art Department.