Mrs E Wallis BA Leeds, PGCE (Head of Department); Mr S Doncaster BA Leicester, PGCE

Examination body: AQA

Photography is a popular A Level choice, providing you with the opportunity to focus on a range of processes involved in the use of the digital medium. This is an art-based A level, and whilst you do not need to have taken Art at GCSE, you would be expected to have a small portfolio of your own work. You would be invited to come and have informal chat about the course and be prepared to talk about your work and photography, and also photographers who inspire you. Throughout the course you will be expected to have access to your own DSLR camera and to print your own work for your sketchbook.

You will have access to Adobe Photoshop CS6 and other resources including digital cameras and lenses and studio lighting facilities. The department offers an open-door policy for Sixth Form pupils, which means that you can access the photography facilities at any time during the school week.

The course is enhanced by various opportunities to enter school competitions, undertake gallery visits both locally and nationally, and in October 2017 there is the opportunity to visit New York.  You will be expected to contribute to regular displays within school and assist at events such as Prize Giving, where photography is required.

Entry Requirements

  • Standard Sixth Form entry requirement 
  • Grade C GCSE Art
  • Pupils without GCSE Art will be required to show a small portfolio of selected work which they have undertaken independently, or complete a summer project for submission post GCSE results.

Delivery and assessment

Since the first examination in 2016, this course is no longer a modular A Level course. The AS and A2 course has now been decoupled into two standalone linear courses; AS will no longer contribute to the A Level and all assessment for either AS or A Level is submitted at the end of the two-year course.

Component 1: Personal investigation (60% A Level marks)

Component 2: Externally set assignment- choice of starting points (40% of A Level marks).

Olivia Brown

Olivia left Hull Collegiate with 3 A level’s and gained an unconditional place at Leeds Beckett University studying Hospitality, Leadership and Management. 

She is currently a course and student ambassador for the university and has been selected to represent her course year. Olivia has also been asked to set up and chair a new hospitality society.