Photography, A-Level


Photography is an ever expanding industry. As well as giving you a creative outlet that lets you put your visual ideas into practice, Photography combines well with a huge range of other subjects. Many careers involve some aspect of photography, ranging from journalism and film, to radiography or surveying.

You will learn how to develop an idea from a starting point, experiment with various techniques and materials; how to record ideas and produce a final outcome which is creative, personal and well informed.

This course examines a diverse range of techniques, ideas and images relevant to the practice of photography. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in traditional and new photographic technologies, through exploration of portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, abstraction and experimental imagery, in the studio and on location. 

The course is perfect for you if you want to study the principles, aesthetics and role of photography as a means of communicating ideas and information. 


Type of study

Availability & Details

Photography, A Level HF-PHOTAL-D(1718)000

Havant Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (A*-C), including English Language and Mathematics.

Students accepted onto this course would require a full GCSE in Art & Design or Photography at grade 4 or above. It may be possible to gain entry to the course without a GCSE in Art by submission of a portfolio at interview.

You will need a specialist portfolio interview with a member of the Art Department if you wish to apply for a double Art & Design programme.

Within this course you will study and explore digital photography, studio lighting and image manipulation. 

You will develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • The different approaches to working with images, signs and symbols, such as observation, analysis, expression
  • Conventions and genres, such as portrait, landscape and movement
  • Photography’s role and function, such as documentary, commercial and fashion photography
  • The control of shutter speed and the use of aperture
  • Managing lighting conditions, pictorial space, composition, rhythm, sequence, scale and structure
  • Effective use of formal elements, such as colour, tone, texture, shape, form and sound

If you want to develop more than one art discipline, you can take Photography as part of a Double Art course programme. If you are a committed Art student wishing to follow a career within Art and Design you would study two Art based subjects (i.e. Photography and Fine Art).


All of our lecturers are leading subject and industry professionals.

You will be able to make use of the extensive workshop and studio facilities whilst working with teachers who are practising artists. You will be able to participate in life-drawing in Year Two, local, national and international gallery visits, artist’s workshops and public art projects. You are able to study Photography alongside other art based courses as part of a ‘double art’ programme.

Full support and portfolio building is given to potential Higher Education and Pre-Degree Foundation students. At the end of the course you will be able to showcase your work in a high profile public exhibition.

We use digital innovation in delivering teaching and learning. On the Havant Campus, Google for Education technology is embedded throughout the College curriculum, equipping you with skills in industry-recognised cloud-based applications for your onward career journey.

The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions.

There will also be regular study trips to galleries. You will be involved in public exhibitions and various creative briefs.


You will produce your own portfolio of work and take an exam where you will carry out a project under timed conditions at the end of the second year.

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The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student


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