A Level Programme

Photography A Level

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About this course

You will have access to a Mac and the latest edition of Adobe Photoshop, a photography studio, which consists of professional flash and continuous lighting kits, soft-boxes, snoot and umbrella accessories as well as a still life table and tent for photographing small products.

There are also Canon 600D cameras, lenses and tripods available to use. There is a traditional darkroom where you will learn how to initially expose your film negatives and watch it transform into a black and white print and then progress to developing your own film and printing it.

We have also acquired a green screen which we will be utilising for photo shoots.

What will I learn?

During the course you will learn how to visualise photographs, and how to use the camera to achieve your aims.

There will be location visits, studio work and a study of great photographers who have inspired others and have changed the course of history.

On completion of the course you will have found your voice as a photographer.

How will I be assessed?

All four units are coursework based (including 5-hour and 15-hour supervised, unaided exam conditions assessments).

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.

Additional Requirements: Grade 5 in an Art & Design subject, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design may be accepted with a strong portfolio.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of courses, including Creative Media Production HND, Photography HND and Teaching
  • University - related degree, such as Photography, or combined with Video, Multimedia and Graphic Design
Photo Journalist
Freelance Photographer
Studio Junior
Forensic Photographer
Medical Photographer

Additional Information

This course involves going out and taking photographs, which will be done mostly as homework. There will be location visits as a group during the year.

The College can provide cameras but having your own camera, or access to one, could be useful.

Photography combines well with Media Studies, Film Studies, Graphic Communication, Art and Textiles.