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A Level Art & Design (Photography)

  • LEVEL 3
Student taking close up photo.

Course Overview

This course will provide you with the practical skills to become a competent and confident photographic artist. You will develop skills in a range of photographic techniques while learning about the history of photography and the work of other photographic artists. As you progress, you will develop your skills and knowledge in both practical and contextual elements of photography.

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 26 Jun 2026

Entry Requirements

Requires either a GCSE in Art & Design at grade 4 or a Level 2
Art BTEC at merit or a demonstrable interest in and experience of the subject,...

Course information

Over the space of two years, you will investigate and practise several photography techniques and formats, including portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, fashion, experimental, installation and moving image (animation). Alongside these areas of study, you will also acquire knowledge about important photographic materials, processes, resources and technologies. You will understand how to work with both digital and film photography.

2 Years

A Level Photography is assessed through both coursework and an externally set, timed assignment. The coursework element is a personal investigation supplemented by written material and is worth 60% of your grade. The externally set, timed assignment takes place over 15 hours towards the end of the second year. You will undertake preparatory work based around a particular theme, then create a final piece or series based on your preparatory work.

Level 3 AQA GCE A Level in Art and Design

During your two years of study you will undertake a work placement. You will also hear from a variety of industry speakers, visit careers’ fairs and attend workshops, trips and visits.

University, career or an apprenticeship

Level 3