Skip to content

Photography A Level

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


By exploring themes such as ‘Light’, ‘Capturing the Moment’ and ‘The Truth’, this course will teach you digital and traditional darkroom photography skills, how to express yourself and communicate ideas through photographs and how to understand different layers of meaning in images.

As part of the course, you will visit galleries and exhibitions – locally and in London. These have included The Tate Modern, The Haywood Gallery, The Victoria & Albert, The Royal Academy, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Sainsbury Centre in Norfolk and the Norwich Castle Museum.

Each year there is also a visual arts trip abroad to a city renowned for its artistic heritage. Recent destinations have included Amsterdam, Paris and New York.

Each year there is an annual Visual Arts Show, where Art, Photography and Textiles students show their best work in a gallery-style environment, open to the public.

To succeed you will need curiosity, independence and initiative, and have an eye for a good picture. You will be willing to develop ideas and to investigate and analyse images and you will be persistent and hardworking.

The course is taught in a well-equipped, specialist room, with PCs and printers for your digital work and access to a large, well equipped traditional darkroom. We provide the essential materials for the course, including digital SLR cameras though it may be a benefit if you have your own.

Photography can be taken with any subjects, but students often choose to combine it with other visual disciplines such as; Art, Film Studies or Media Studies.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Art-based subject (Art, Graphics, Photography or Textiles) OR a suitable portfolio of work.
Applicants should also meet the overall Sixth Form entry requirements.


A range of practical work including experiments contained in a work journal, finished pieces of coursework and a response to a theme set by the exam board. A written personal study investigating ideas in photography.


Previous students have progressed onto prestigious university courses such as Goldsmith’s, Central Saint Martin’s, London College of Fashion, Falmouth, Ravensbourne, Glasgow…to name but a few.
An A Level in Photography can lead to related courses at a college, art school or university.

Career Progression

Students may go on to a very wide range of creative careers, such as in art and design or the media.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop

Where Next?