Photography A Level

Subject:                       Photography

Level:                          As and A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 WJEC

Location:                      Bryn Celynnog



The course is intended for students who wish to pursue, extend and develop an understanding of photography. Photography covers an increasingly broad area; from producing a good photograph to experimenting with digital photography and editing techniques.  The photography specification encourages students to experiment with processes and show an understanding of composition through the formal elements of art and design.  Students are required to study, in depth, the work of contemporary and historical practitioners to inform their own practice.  There are opportunities to study various areas including Portraiture, Landscape, Still life, Experimental imagery, installation and many more.



Unit 1


160 marks

AS.1 – Personal Creative Enquiry. Non exam assessment

An extended project/portfolio, outcomes based on themes and subjects matter which are personal

First term – Fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding foundation Base.

Terms 2 and 3 – Develop and submit personal portfolio.



To Mid May

A2 Unit 2


160 marks

A2.2 – Personal investigations

Part 1 – A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcomes based on themes of a personal significance.

Part 2 – An extended written element of 1000 words minimum which must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using appropriate vocabulary and specialist terms.


June to



Unit 3



100 marks

A2.3 Externally set assignment

Part 1 – Preparatory study period (Approx. 10 weeks)

Part 2 – 15 hour period of sustained focus / work


February to Mid May


Requirements for entry to the course.

Students will be accepted following a consultation with staff. The first term is a probationary period and student progress will be closely monitored.  The course is demanding and requires a high-level of self-discipline, motivation and commitment.  Students will need to manage workloads effectively, particularly when working independently for research purposed.  It is essential that they have access to a camera and are able to fund printing costs.


A sixth form space has been created in the Art Department enabling students to work purposefully during study periods.

Career Opportunities

Students may progress to a one year Foundation Course on the evidence of a sound portfolio of work at interview. Interviews take place at the start of Year 13.  Following the foundation year students can opt to study at degree level in many of the exciting fields of Photography, e.g. Photo Journalism, Graphic Design, Advertising, Film based Media design, Animation, Medical photography etc.  The choices are varied and students should consult their teachers for further advice and information.

The A-Level course in Photography is stimulating and rewarding in its own right, whether or not the student is aiming toward a career in this field. It is a recognised qualification for entry into Higher Education.


Staff to consult for further information:  Mrs. E. Burke (HOD), Miss S. Nolan. Mrs. C. Davies