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A Level inPhotography

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

Photography A-Level students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This is integral to the investigating and making processes. Students' responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Course Content

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • Still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
  • Documentary photography, photojournalism
  • Fashion photography
  • Experimental imagery
  • Multimedia
  • Photographic installation

Students must show knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources;
  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts created in their chosen area(s) of Photography;
  • historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres;
  • how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created;
  • continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Photography;
  • a working vocabulary and specialist terminology that is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Photography.

Time management skills are essential as is an ability to work independently and having a mature attitude to your studies. Photography students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes.

Features/Benefits

A large part of the course depends on photographic trips and assignments outside College and so, whilst studying A Level Photography, you will have the opportunity to visit galleries and art exhibitions, as well as take part in practical, photographic trips to various locations.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
All Loughborough College Sixth Form courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:
GCSE in an Art or Design-based subject at grade 4, or a portfolio demonstrating a keen interest in photography.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice. international@loucoll.ac.uk

Assessment Methods

Unit 1: Coursework + 3000 word illustrated essay. Centre devised topic - 60%.
Unit 2: 10 week exam, final 15 hours unaided. Externally devised topic - 40%.

Progression Opportunities

An A Level in Photography complements many Higher Education courses in art and design and many students choose this route on completion.

People with photography skills often work in areas such as graphic design, illustration, fashion, marketing and journalism. These are only a few examples of industries of where a Photography A Level would be beneficial.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2022

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 22/23A1QPHT

OUR STUDENTS SAY

“My lessons are very interactive and there is a lot of communication between us students and teachers which makes it easier for us. I am enjoying my course so far.”

Omar Khaled

United Arab Emirates