Photography has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.
  • GCSE Photography or Art is desirable but NOT essential
  • Completion of a Transition Task



Exam board: OCR

100%Pass rate

The specification studied is the OCR Art & Design: Photography. The course is largely digitally based but students are given the opportunity to produce some work in the darkroom and are encouraged to explore many mixed media processes.

First Year

During the first year of the A-level you will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with several different methods of image making. These vary from 175 year old processes of traditional photography, to contemporary digital photography. This year is about building up your skills and being able to truly enjoy and understand the magic of photography. There are internal deadlines and assessments but there are no exams in the first year.

Progression onto the second year is based on students’ performance in the first year.

Methods of Teaching & Learning

Practical work is supported by teacher led presentations, exhibition visits and skills based workshops.

In their first year students are given a thorough grounding in core skills through the exploration of a variety of photographic processes.

In the second year students develop and present their own personal projects.


To assure that all students are starting off together with the same resources, we request that each student pay a ‘Studio Fee’ of £80 in their first year. Students will then be given their own resources for building and storing their coursework portfolio.  This also contributes to the cost of chemicals, photographic papers as well as mounting materials which students will need from the start of the year. As we are buying it in bulk it reduces the cost per individual. The cost covers general materials, if a student decided to do a specialist technique; they would need to supply their own materials for it.  

Photography Students Have Their Say


You are encouraged to do first hand research and a number of trips are organised throughout the year to galleries and exhibitions.

Methods of Assessment

All units will be marked internally by the Creative Arts team and will be moderated by the exam board.


We have two digital photography teaching rooms with industry standard printers, a well-equipped studio and darkroom. There are digital SLR cameras for onsite use only.


The full A-level in Photography provides a sound basis if you wish to proceed to Higher Education, as well as being a useful background to any career within the photographic field.

Meet the Creative Arts teachers and students

Maia Harris-Jordan

Maia Harris-Jordan

Photography Course Hand Book

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