Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
Grade 5 in a DT subject
Grade 4 in English (language or literature)
Grade 4 in maths

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What will I study during the course duration?

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. 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. Students’ responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Students will use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. 

Areas of study 

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as those listed below:

  • 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 
  • moving image (video, film, animation).

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Portfolio (worth 96 marks/ 60% of A2)

  • The emphasis of this component will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (worth 96 marks/ 40% of A2)

  • Separate question papers will be provided for each title. These will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points.

Career opportunities and Future study

Routes that students may wish to pursue, eg. universities, apprenticeship and employment details 

Students will have the opportunity to study photography at University both as an undergraduate and at postgraduate level.

Careers options include:

  • Wedding photographer
  • Commercial photographer
  • Portrait photographer
  • Travel photographer
  • Business person and marketer
  • Graphic designer
  • Stock photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Sports photographer
  • Wildlife photographer
  • Photographic curator
  • Teacher