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Are you keen to explore the full range of photographic practice and techniques? This course is your opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer, develop your specialism, and produce work to a professional level standard.

As well as developing the practical skills needed to do this, you’ll stretch your creativity and vision, and understand how photography can help you explore new ways of seeing the world – photography helps you to communicate and express yourself.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 4 in Photography or a relevant GCSE Art/Design subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered. 

For further information on the pathways, please click here.


NOTE: 3 Art & Design subjects cannot be studied together

You’ll learn how to do this through a range of mediums and creative processes including:

  • DSLR
  • Studio and creative lighting
  • Traditional and digital photography
  • Photoshop

Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Studying for an A Level in Photography is an enriching experience. Under the direction of our qualified staff, you’ll develop your visual language skills through creating a portfolio of work in response to commercial standard briefs. As part of this you will explore different areas of graphical concepts including typographic design and artistic composition.

Our highly qualified subject specialists will help you to realise your creativity, and design visions in the most appropriate form. Our onsite state of the art Photography Studio features the latest in industry standard equipment and editing software, and our workrooms feature Apple Macs. As part of undertaking real-life briefs, you’ll spend time outside of the classroom, putting your skills and knowledge to the test and finding your area of specialism.

You will be encouraged to build on your cultural capital through a range of extra-curricular opportunities, from guest workshops to taking part in national competitions. In past years, our Photography students:

  • Visited galleries
  • Took part in guest artist workshops
  • Exhibited work in an end of year showcase
  • Took part in national competitions
  • Worked in industry standard studios using state of the art technology


Assessment is via examination and coursework. Please speak to our team for further details.

Naturally many of our students studying A Level Photography do so because they wish to pursue a career in the field. There are many aspects you could consider such as Fashion, Product Photography, Documentary or Post-production – or even running your own studio. You may also wish to progress on to a Photography or an Art and Design degree.

However, this is a highly valued qualification and can support a wide range of careers where photographic skills are an asset such as Journalism or Marketing.

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This is a hands on, highly practical course where you will develop your creative skills. You’ll explore a wide range of genres including documentary photography, experimental images and portraiture, amongst many others. You’ll grow your personal portfolio, discover explore a wide range of styles and where your passion lies!

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Photography at the University of Huddersfield

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