A Level


  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to 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 course.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades: option a

    GCSE grade 6 in English Language or English Literature

  • Subject grades: option b

    GCSE grade 6 in Photography or Art (or similar subject title)​

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for ​Photography is 58.

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About the Course

Studying Photography will give you a greater understanding of the world we live in and your place within it. We actively encourage individual project themes, ideas and experimentation, with a variety of discussion-based lesson activities to support your creative journey.

There is also the opportunity to take part in several study visits. We have a photographic studio, darkroom and dedicated computer suite, plus a range of film, digital cameras, accessories and lighting equipment available for loan. The course is essential in preparing you for degree-level study and is also ideal if you have a love of photography and wish to develop your skills further.

No previous knowledge is necessary, but a keen interest in the subject is a must!

2023 Photography A level results


11% of our students achieved A* to A


36% of our students achieved A* to B 


100% of our students achieved A* to E

Course information

Studying A level Photography is more than just learning how to take good photographs. Photography is a visual language, on the course you will learn through a series of induction sessions how to creatively communicate a theme which holds importance to you, manage long term projects, problem solve, work independently and with others. These are all important life skills which are beneficial beyond the subject taught.

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Hear from our students

I have really enjoyed learning Photography at Hills Road as the support I have received has been incredible, and the teachers have been really helpful and supportive.

Esha, Year 12 student

Photography is a great subject to take at Hills. They have a dark room and a studio, and they can provide everything you need.

Lilly, Year 12 Student

Quick facts


61 year 12 and 13 students take Photography

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.