Photography will introduce you to a variety of experiences, exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. When you complete the course you’ll be able to express ideas using a range of specialist photographic techniques in a confident and assured manner. This course offers you the chance to explore your own creativity, develop your ideas, think critically, and learn to express yourself artistically with growing expertise within an innovative setting.

Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form

On our photography (lens and light-based media) course you’ll produce practical and critical work in areas such as portraiture, landscape photography, still life, documentary photography, photojournalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, and film. You will learn a range of studio and outdoor techniques that you will use as a tool box with which to express your unique ideas. Researching the work of other photographers and artists is also an integral part of the investigating and making process, and you will put together a digital portfolio documenting your research and the development of your own work.

Our lessons are made up of a variety of learning activities, including focussed skills workshops, group work, shooting on location, group critiques and presentations. We also get out of the classroom as much as possible, visiting galleries, museums and picturesque locations.

This course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. You will sit one practical examination at the end of Year 2, and final grades will be based on the culmination of both coursework and exam.

Take a look at our prospectus to see our entry requirements and how our study programmes work. Having studied Art or Photography at GCSE would be advantageous.

Studying photography could lead to degree in the arts, with future careers including photojournalism, commercial photography, animation, film, and television. Picture that! Some of our most recent students have gone on to study Graphic Design at Manchester University, Creative Advertising at the University of Leeds, Fashion Journalism at University of the Arts London UAL, Games Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Photography at the University of Sunderland.

  • Exciting opportunities to travel and shoot on location.
  • Full use of state-of-the-art equipment for innovative practice.
  • Our small class sizes mean that you get the one-to-one attention you need to develop your practice.
  • You’ll have access to enter competitions with cash prizes, and receive advice and guidance on marketing and selling your own work.

“It’s a great course that really equips you to skilfully express yourself”

“I never thought I’d be able to take the kind of photographs that I’m taking now”

“The people are great, the place is great, I never expected to have this much fun on an A level course”

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form:

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.