Why choose Photography?

Gain an informed understanding of both the photographic art form and the world around you.


What will you learn?

photography-hal_woodhousenew You will learn how to take photographs, which reflects in either a personal or social context. This is achieved through personal picture taking which is combined with an understanding of how photography functions in the wider world.

We prioritise practical making across a wide range of activities including:
  • exhibition research
  • slideshows and presentations
  • library and internet research
  • one to one guidance
  • whole group discussion and review.
You should enjoy practical work and developing visual skills. You should also enjoy exploring increasingly independent ideas, you need to be interested in the world around you too and keen to explore how this can feed your own photography work.

Photograph: Hal Woodhouse

“The teaching is inspirational and always supportive of students’ work. I have particularly enjoyed being shown different techniques in the dark room and the studio, as it is a new experience and improves your understanding of photography, and it also broadens the skills you learn.”

LucyRickerbyStudying photography will give you a greater understanding of the world we live in, and your place within it. You will be encouraged to explore a subject or theme that you are personally interested in. All staff are practising artists and have a wide range of specialist interests and expertise, actively encouraging individual ideas and experimentation with one to one discussion taking place during lesson time. There are regular 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 field trips, including an international one in the second year.

Photograph: Lucy Rickerby

We have a wide range of resources available including:
  • Photographic studio
  • Range of camera equipment
  • Digital editing computer suite
  • Photographic darkroom
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!

What could you go on to do after Hills Road?

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 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.