Lecturer offering one-to-one tuition in class

A-Level Photography

  • CODE
    Full time
    2 Years
    Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations
  • Free tuition for students under 19 on 31 August prior to start date
  • Advanced Learner Loans available to students aged 19 or over
Photography A-Level will introduce you to a variety of experiences, exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. Researching the work of other photographers and artists is an integral part of the investigating and making process. You’ll produce a sketchbook, workbook or journal, documenting your research and recording the development of your own work. When you complete the course you’ll be able to express ideas and link your intentions to outcomes in a confident and assured manner. This qualification will encourage you to explore and develop specialist photography skills in a creative and innovative setting.

Year 1

The first year will introduce learners to a range of both traditional and contemporary photographic practices and contexts in preparation for the year 2 assessments.

Year 2

Component 01 is the personal investigation. Learners must produce two elements in response to a College or learner-set starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus: a portfolio of practical work and a related study.

Component 02 is the externally set task. It will provide learners with a range of themes each with written and visual starting points, a brief and stimuli. From these, one option must be selected by the learner on which they must base their personal response.

Component 01 is a non-exam assessment. It is internally marked and externally moderated. This component is marked out of 120 marks and contributes 60% to the overall weighting of OCR’s photography A-Level. Component 02 is the externally set task and a non-exam assessment. It is internally marked and externally moderated. This component is marked out of 80 marks and contributes 40% to the overall weighting of OCR’s photography A-Level.

The course will offer five hours of teaching a week. However students will be expected to complete homework and work on their coursework in their own time (approx. 5 hours per week)

Learners are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. Combinations of these areas are also possible: • portraiture • landscape photography • commercial photography • still-life photography • documentary photography • experimental imagery • editorial photography • photographic installation • the photographic process • moving image • animation Techniques The following are some of the techniques available to learners in Photography: traditional darkroom technology; printing and developing films; digital technology; the use of camera equipment and lenses; lighting and exposure techniques; moving image and animation; alternative art-based printing such as screen printing; alternative.

Upon completing this course you will be equipped to move on to university, a higher apprenticeship or work. A-Level Photography is ideal if you wish to progress into journalism, graphic design, media or advertising.

Essential • Portable Hardrive 500gb Minimum (Mac & Pc Compatible) • A3 Sketchbook (Quality paper). • Double-Sided Tape • Darkroom Paper – Ilford Pearl resin coated 5x7 100 pack (Do not open this until you start, it is light sensitive) Desirable • Nikon DSLR (If you do not have one when you start you should be considering getting one by Christmas.) Note – You will be required to purchase other consumables as the year progresses such as inkjet paper, sketchbooks etc.

Students will be selected through an application form and an interview.

The course has very good resources including two photography/ television studios, digital cameras and computers with the latest digital editing and graphics software.

Learners should be able to explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of photographic media. Learners should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to traditional and/or digital photography. Learners may use traditional methods such as photographic film and/or digital techniques to produce images. Learners in Photography are expected to demonstrate specialisation in particular media or processes to allow an appropriate depth of study. This can be achieved by working toward the extension and development of particular themes, ideas or issues. Drawing skills should be understood and developed as appropriate to the ways of recording and communicating.
Advanced Learner Loan


You will need five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (including English Language and Mathematics and Grade B/6 or above in a related subject).