Art & Design: Photography

Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – AQA

Course Description

This course is designed to develop your technical skills in digital photography and photo editing. You will gain greater aesthetic awareness and appreciation of the compositional strategies used in the specialism. You will have the opportunity to record ideas and observations and develop work informed by photographers, artists and designers. You will also experiment with media and materials and, review and refine your work. You will learn to use analytical language when discussing your work and the work of others.

What Next?

Many careers involve some aspect of visual imaging. Specific career paths include; journalism, radiography, survey, commercial arts, advertising and graphic design. The skills gained in the study of photography at this level, such as analysis, evaluation, discussion and presentation, are highly transferable.



Still life




Planning photoshoots


Personal investigation 60%

Externally set assignment 40%

Additional Activities

Photography enrichment, mini masterclasses, life drawing, visiting artists, live briefs.

Various trips to art galleries in Salisbury, London and beyond

Student Financial Contribution: £50 per year for materials

Entry Requirements

Þ Minimum 5 GCSES at grade 4 or above

Þ At least grade 5 in a GCSE art-related subject

What Our Students Think

“Photography is an outlet for unlimited expression, experimentation, exploration and development.”

Chantelle, previously Sarum Academy