A Levels

A Level Photography

Photography is the communication of ideas by visual means. Students will learn how to use digital and manual SLR cameras, process and print black and white films. Students will be encouraged to expereiment with a wide range of traditional techniques as well as digital technologies. Students will develop strong research skills building an extensive knowledge of historical and contemporary photographers. Ideas will be developed through sustained experimental investigations towards final outcomes. Students will be required to document all their work in writing and develop critical thinking by analysing imagery.


  • Course code:


  • Subject area:

    A levels

  • Type:

    Full / Part Time

  • Duration:

    31 weeks

  • Venue:

    St Albans Campus

  • Start dates:


  • Fees*:


  • Awarding body:

    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

About the course

By studying A Levels at Oaklands, you will enjoy a programme of learning designed to match your individual interests and ambitions.

You can choose from a wide range of subjects to meet your interests and career aims. You will be taught be a team of highly qualified lecturers that possess a wide range of knowledge and experience to help you to develop in your chosen subject(s).

Important information

What are the Course Requirements?

All candidates are interviewed and must show evidence of commitment to the study of Photography and have the academic ability to work at A level standard.Students are expected to keep abreast of current developments in Art and Photography through visiting galleries and exhibitions. Students in their 2nd year should be able to work independently from a given theme.

Students are expected to have a keen interest in the visual arts. A GCSE in Photography and/or Art will aid the candidate in their understanding. All students are expected to visit galleries and exhbitions as part of the course. student shsould be clear this is an Art based A-level.

Year 1 Unit 1 coursework: The study of visual language formal elements and workshop practice from a set theme. Unit 2 externally set assignment exploring a given theme. Year 2 Unit 1 coursework: The study of visual language formal elements and workshop practice from a personally set theme. Unit 1 Personal study/Essay (1,000-3,00 words) Unit 2 externally set assignment exploring a given theme.

The A level qualification is made up of coursework and an externally set assignment. All work is internally marked then Externally Verified by a visiting moderator.


  • 16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
  • For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
  • Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.


A Levels can lead you onto many different career paths, including university to further develop your skills in your chosen subject(s).

'Oaklands has been very different from school, it has set me up for college, the tutors have been excellent, the environment brilliant and I have walked away today with an A*, 98% overall and got into my first choice university to study Physics.' - George Milleret, Intensive Maths A Level

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