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Photography – A Level


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




2 Years

We are surrounded and immersed in photography constantly – through social media, journalism, books and magazines. You may take numerous photographs daily, with the need to capture the world around you. This dynamic course will enable you to take more considered photographs and elevate your images to make them to stand out.  

Five GCSEs at grade 9–4, including a grade 4 or above in English, Maths and a creative subject. BTEC Level 2 qualifications considered in subject related courses. 


The first stage of the course is delivered through a series of practical workshops. These are explored through photographic scenarios such as editorial and commercial, fashion, storytelling, portraiture, architecture, experimental, still life and living pictures. 

Once you have explored and been introduced to camera techniques, digital editing, darkroom photography and the lighting studio, you will identify the direction you want to take your photography in, and set about producing a portfolio of specialist photographic work. 


Component 1 – Personal Investigation (worth 60% of A Level) 

Internally assessed, externally moderated. 

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment  

(worth 40% of A Level) 

15 hours of sustained focus work. Internally assessed, externally moderated 


Photography can lead to careers in photojournalism, fashion photography, wildlife photography, fine art events and forensic photography. However, it can also feed into several creative industries such as marketing and advertising. 

You may also wish to progress on to a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design offered at Andover College, rated Outstanding by Ofsted. 

You may wish to progress on to University. 

BA Photography & Editorial 

BA Fashion Photography 

BA Commercial Photography 

BA Documentary Photography 


A studio fee and kit list is set in August of each year for each course. They can be purchased from the College via the online College shop. There may be print costs throughout the year depending on projects. The College has support funds available for those students who have difficulty meeting the costs. 


There will be the opportunity for a variety of trips and visits on a rolling programme that include, UK cities such as London, Brighton or Oxford and residential trips that have included, Paris, Madrid, Berlin and New York. 


Digital Suite using Adobe products, Photography lighting studio, Darkroom, Cameras, kit and lenses.