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Nottingham Academy


Qualification A Level 

Entry Requirements 

English Grade 4

Art of Photography Grade 4 or a portfolio

Studying photography A level helps you develop new skills in a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You will experience both traditional photography and new technologies. You will explore relevant images artefacts and resources relating to photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European or non -European examples. You will be encouraged to work independently, problem solved, learn new skills and create an exhibition of your work.

A Level Photography is a lens-based and light-based media. Students can select from a range of study areas within photography including portraiture, landscape or still life photography and documentary photography.​

In Year 12 the projects are skills based to begin with and you will learn how to produce work using a wide variety of techniques and methods.​

Then you will work on a given theme of your own choice and will be able to explore, develop and experiment with your  ideas to create a body of work.​
You will submit a portfolio of all your work at the end of Year 13 with one major project and an examination unit.


Unit 1 60% - set and marked by school. Moderated by AQA​
Unit 2 40% - externally set.  Marked by school.  Moderated by AQA.

The coursework consists of one major project which can be based on a variety of subjects such as:

  • Portraiture ​
  • Landscape ​
  • Still Life photography ​
  • Documentary photography​
  • Issues
  • Movement
  • Texture

The examination unit is also practical. Students respond to their chosen theme based on an examination booklet. Question papers can be issued to students from 2nd February in the year of the examination.

You will also use a wide range of media such as:​

  • Digital SLR /Manual SLR​
  • ICT development​
  • Studio photographing​
  • Darkroom printing

A level Photography is not just for students who can take photographs, but for anyone who enjoys being creative and experimenting with original ideas and new technologies.

Career paths
•Fashion industry
•Film/video editor
•Graphic designer
•Magazine feature editor
•Press photographer
•Medical illustrator
•Advertising art director