Course Entry Requirements for Photography A Level

Any Art & Design GCSE Grade 4 or a Technology GCSE Grade 4 including Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphics Products, Textiles or equivalent. However, if you haven’t studied Art, no problem, just come and speak to one of the tutors.


Photography plays an important role in an ever changing digital world. Whether digital or analogue, photography is about visually communicating. You will see and capture the world around us, composing images and manipulating lighting. There are work experience opportunities and links to creative industries.+

What you will study

You will learn how to capture images across a number of fields of Photography including Fashion, Portraiture, Street Photography, Documentary, Sport, Fine Art and Studio. As part of the course you will also cover the following areas:
• Digital Photography skills, techniques and technology to improve and enhance your ability to capture effective, interesting and engaging images
• Digital editing and processing techniques and processes


100% coursework
• Unit 1 Practical portfolio based on a theme of your choice (60%)
• Unit 2 External Assignment (40%)

Course Support

• Friendly, supportive tutors
• Regular one-to-one tutorials
• Feedback and guidance to progress your work
• Access to a darkroom and lighting studio

Enrichment Activities

  • Workshops with industry professionals
  • Exhibitions to p[resent your work in public galleries
  • Local, regional and national competitions
  • Work placement opportunities

Gaining employability skills is an integral part of the course, and as a result we regularly offer work experience and internship opportunities, which have involved working with a number of companies, charities, galleries and arts organisations. Students have also been successful at presenting their work in local, regional and national photographic competitions.


Many students go on to study Photography at a Higher Education level within a range of leading universities. Our students have been successful in accessing a wide range of competitive degree courses or creative apprenticeships, based on the strength of their portfolio, skills and expertise which they develop through studying A Level Photography.

Further Information

PHOTOGRAPHY course leaflet

Exam Board Course Specification

Photography students win in the Liverpool City Region Photo Awards

3D and Photography students visit Liverpool

What Our Students Say

“I would recommend this subject to anyone with a passion for photography as you are given a lot of creative freedom to explore the different routes of photography you enjoy the most. I also loved being able to work with my classmates on projects involving the studio or dark room. I am hoping to go to university to study a Creative Computing course and I believe the Photography A Level has given me the skills and knowledge I will need on professional software such as Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom etc."

Ellie Walsh-O'Neill

Ellie Walsh ONeill Photography A Level student