A level

Examination Board: AQA

Specification: 7241/X

Course Leader: Mr E Clark

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Photography gives you the opportunity to express yourself through a visual language. It encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and take worthwhile risks. Photography allows you to think differently and perceive the world in a way that you’ve never experienced before. It is for these reasons that choosing Photography was the best decision that I ever made!   Jemma Y13

What Will I Study?

A level Photography explores many of the techniques, processes and concepts behind traditional chemical and modern digital photography. The course gives students a range of skills, the ability to think in depth about the concepts and ideas underpinning the work of photographers and a critical approach towards the presentation and quality of their own photography.

During year 12 students develop their ability to use techniques and processes through intense periods of experimentation, guided by in depth research into a variety of photographic starting points. There are two portfolio projects in the autumn term, exploring chemical processes and portraiture.

In the second term of year 12, students begin the ‘Personal Investigation’ component in which they apply the skills they have developed through an independently designed project, which combines practical and written elements. In year 13 the students complete an externally set (exam) project which comprises 40% of the overall assessment.

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design or Photography and a Grade 5 in GCSE Science.


Formative assessment takes place throughout the course with feedback, group critiques and learning conversations used to drive progress. The exam takes place at the end of Year 13 and is externally moderated by AQA.

Where Next?

A level Art and Design can be used as a bridge to further education courses such as ND, HND or Foundation Art and Design or higher education courses such as degrees in various disciplines of art; such as fine art, illustration and so forth. It is also an excellent grounding in practical skills which can lead to work-based learning and internships.