Why choose Photography?

Learn how to take better photographs that translate into creative and meaningful imagery

If you are interested in the world around you and your place within it, enjoy picture taking and would like to learn how to take better photographs that translate into creative and meaningful imagery then you would be very suited to the Photography

Our course is designed to build on your existing creative and technical skills and help you learn new ones, our aim is to broaden your knowledge, and help give you the confidence you need to achieve your full potential in this subject. You will be encouraged to explore subject themes that you are personally interested in to ensure that you are always on a creative journey that is meaningful to you.

Photography is part of the Art & Design department which is a lively and friendly teaching and learning environment, where individual ideas, experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged. All the staff are practicing artists and have a wide range of specialist interests and expertise, they operate as a team to share knowledge and to support students. You will have one main teacher and there is flexibility for you to try a range of methods of working.

We have a wide range of resources available including:

  • Photographic studio and location lighting equipment
  • Range of film and digital camera equipment
  • Digital editing computer suite
  • Photographic darkroom

Photograph: Hal Woodhouse

Study Visits

We go on a variety of visits to galleries including the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery and Somerset House. There is also opportunity to take part in a number of local study visits and one abroad, recent destinations have included Istanbul, Naples and Venice.


Photograph: Lucy Rickerby

What could you go on to do after Hills Road?

The course is essential in preparing you for degree level study, but is also ideal if you have a love of photography and wish to develop your own skills further. No previous knowledge is required for this course, but a keen interest in the subject is a must!

You can go on to study a variety of specialist courses in photography, film-making or fashion to name a few. For many students, A level Photography is part of a broad programme of study which can support your progress to higher education or employment. It supports future actors, fashion designers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, anthropologists, sociologists, travel photographers, photojournalists and news reporters.

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Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 6 (or B) in English Language or Literature.

Awarding Body

OCR - assessment for the qualification is taken in Year 13

Units of Study

Year 13

Photography - Unit 1

Unit 1: Personal Investigation (internally assessed and externally moderated) 60% of total A level

Photography - Unit 2

Unit 2: Externally Set Task (internally assessed and externally moderated) 40% of total A level.