A Level Photography Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

You will engage in a series of activities that explore who you are as a photographer and what you would like to show through the images that you make. Through research into the work of historical and contemporary photographic artists and the acquisition of skills in camera, studio and image editing techniques, you will discover your own interests and creativity. You will build on these skills through personal shoots and class workshops. You will explore depth of field to control focus, shutter speed to manipulate movement, studio lighting, genres of photography, post production in Photoshop, and a wide range of printing and presentation techniques both digital and darkroom, moving and still, tactile and visual.

Topics in Year One include: Developmental Period

Topics in Year Two include: Personal Practical Investigation; Personal Written Response.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language. No need for prior study of Photography but real enthusiasm and a high level of commitment and curiosity is essential.

Where next?

You could progress to a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, or other higher or Degree level courses. It can lead to a range of careers, including being a photographer, picture editor, gallery curator, post production, graphic design, packaging, illustration, film making, media, fine art, animation, architecture and interior design.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills E.g. live client briefs, competitions, exhibitions, visiting speakers etc. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help you.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be asked to contribute £35 towards additional studio costs This contribution assists with exhibition costs, select & present, subsidised trips, extra specialist consumables etc. You will also be asked to pay for the materials you use for your final responses during the externally set tests and personal investigations. There are also art sales during term 1 and 2 and some materials can be purchased through the college technicians. Kit lists are made available to students once they start the course

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: louise.spence@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk