Photography - A Level (16-18)





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About the course

Develop your creative, visual and practical skills and gain a deeper understanding of both film-based and digital photography while working towards a valuable A Level qualification. You will develop a variety of skills relating to a wide range of aspects such as portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography and  experimental imagery.

Benefits for Students

As a student of City of Bristol College, you will have free access to:

The Latest Adobe Creative Cloud Applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects, Premier, Dreamweaver, Animate and many many more. You will also have access to Adobe Online and use of Adobes online platforms and cloud storage space for all your work and resources. This would normally cost you £15 per month but is absolutely free as part of your course

Microsoft Office, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as access to Office 365, which gives you online access to the web-based applications and 1TB of personal cloud storage space.


  • Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.
  • If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.

Entry Requirements

  • 6 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths
  • Art/Photography GCSE grade 4 (C)
  • Basic photographic awareness, knowledge or experience will be advantageous but not essential
What will I do on this course?

Through lectures, workshops and tutorials you will explore a wide range of photographic practice.

  • Digital post-production (the digital darkroom) will be taught as a matter of course
  • You will extend your artistic digital practice and be able to realise a more commercial output by creating a portfolio
  • You will also visit photographic exhibitions and art galleries
  • Creative development sessions will expand your visual skills into the realm of digital photographic artwork
Who is it for?

This course is part of a full time A Level programme of 4 different subjects and will appeal to Year 11 students who are interested in developing their creative skills using the medium of photography and allied artistic practice.

How Is this course assessed?

Component 1: Portfolio

Component 2: Externally set assignment


What could I do next?

Many students go on to study photography or art at university. Some even enter work in the commercial photographic world.


You will need an interview for this course



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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