Students will be required to work in one or more of the following processes:

  • Film-based photography
  • Digital photography

Students will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate ideas. By working across disciplines, students will extend their understanding of the scope of photography; by focusing on one discipline, they will gain a deeper the understanding of specific processes within photography.

About the course

Course Information

2 Year A Level Course

The Photography A-Level gives you the freedom to develop your style and talent whilst learning new techniques and approaches.

Award Body


Course Suitable For

Students who want to explore a wide range of ideas and develop skills in studio, documentary and landscape/architecture photography. Students will learn about contemporary photographers and develop relevant industry skills in both the use of software packages and traditional darkroom techniques.

Preferable Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade C Art and English.

Why Study?

Students will develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources.
  • How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts.
  • How images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts.
  • Continuity and change in different genres, styles and traditions.
  • A working vocabulary and specialist terminology.

Progression Opportunities

A Photography A Level can help forge careers in animation, studio portraiture, product photography, fashion photography, photojournalism, film industry, forensic science, curating and stock image photography.

Why Grace Academy?

You will have the opportunity to study in a thriving art department with enthusiastic teachers and achieve your potential.


A Level Component 1 – Personal Investigation: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. 60% of qualification

A Level Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus. 40% of qualification.

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed on four different assessment objectives, each worth a quarter of the final grade. Both components are assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.

Support Provided

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress, become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.

We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

Course Application

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk.

Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.