GSO Test

Art: Photography A Level

Awarding Body

Click here to view subject on examination board website.

A level

Personal investigation – 60%
Externally set assignment – 40%

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
GCSE (4) or BTEC (merit) in art, or completion of portfolio task to approved standard

Why should I study this course?

Studying photography is about learning visual language.  By understanding this language you will be in a position to take an active role in many of the new media and creative industries.  A level Photography will provide you with the technical skills and practical experience in a broad range of processes. You will extend your knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary and historical photography through looking at the work of past societies, cultures and key individuals.  Studying photography will allow you to expand your skills as you immerse yourself in the subject whilst surrounded by peers with the same passion for imagery.

What will I learn?

 You will learn to develop your technical and editing skills through a variety of practical workshops.  An emphasis on critical and contextual studies forms an important part of the course. You will learn to develop your ideas based around key photographers that influence you with independence and to construct a portfolio of work that demonstrates your knowledge, skill and understanding.

How will I learn?

Classwork in Year 12 consists of an exciting mixture of practical workshops and demonstrations designed to build skills, understanding and confidence, alongside individual work.  You will be given contextual tasks to build your knowledge of photography practice.

You will be given one to one support during lessons and work with your peers to discuss your ideas and receive suggestions on how to develop your work.

Home learning consists of a variety of tasks - research, taking regular photography shoots in relevant locations, contextual and practical studies.

We visit gallery exhibitions and use our local environment to extend skills and conduct research.  An international visit is arranged at the end of Year 12

What can I do with my qualification?

Pursuing A level art will provide you with the experience you need to move on to an Art Foundation course or equivalent, all of which will allow you to embark on a degree course in your chosen field.

What do students say?

“At the start of Year 12 I thought I knew everything about photography, but the workshops, independent projects and teachers have pushed me further and I now want to go on and learn more at Art Foundation so that I can pursue a degree in the Creative Industries.”