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A Level

Two Years


GCSE Grade 4 in English with an average points score of 3.2 or above with an interest in the subject.


This course is assessed by personal investigation and an exam.

About this course

This course is ideal for learners who have a strong interest in all aspects of photography and digital imagery. Students will have the opportunity to work creatively with 35mm black and white film, digital capture and image editing and manipulation. Students will learn about image analysis and evaluation, critical understanding of photography and its uses of new image specification which embraces emerging technology.

There will be opportunities to visit art galleries and other cultural events and you may have the opportunity to enter your work into exhibitions.


Emma Lattimore

Who is this aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Have an interest in lens-based media

  • Would like to progress onto the ABC Art Foundation Course at JLC

  • Are  interested in working creatively with 35mm black and white film, digital capture and image editing/manipulation

  • Are interested in understanding and analysing contemporary images

  • Would like to progress in a career in commercial photography, photojournalism, portrait photography, film and television or teaching

What will you learn?

  • How to use a 35mm manual SLR camera

  • Black and white photography skills

  • Studio photography

  • How to support your ideas through image analysis and evaluation

  • Critical understanding of photography and its uses

  • How to mount and present your images

  • Practical work where students build upon their previous experience

  • The use of colour photography and digital imaging

What skills will you develop?

  • Creative thinking

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail

  • Organisational skills

  • Presentation skills

  • Decision making

  • Team work

  • Digital design packages: Photoshop & Illustrator

  • Promotional and business skills

Professional development

  • Freelance Photographer

  • Commercial Photographer

  • Digital Advertising

  • Picture Editor

  • Wedding Photographer

  • Medical Photographer

  • Press Photographer

  • Digital Image Technician

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