A Level

This dynamic A Level is your opportunity to grow your skills as a photographer, develop your creative specialism, and produce work to a professional standard. Throughout this creative course you will explore the full range of photographic practice and techniques, from how to compose the perfect shot to how the post-editing process can bring your images to life.

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

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen Pathway.

For more information about the pathways, please click here.

NOTE: You are unable to study 3 separate Art based A Levels. If you would like Art to make up your full time study programme, please see the full time Applied Art and Design course

Your learning experience

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

An enriching experience

Studying A Level Photography at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level Photography students enjoy include:

  • Trips to European cities such as Berlin to visit galleries, conduct research and build cultural capital
  • Exhibiting work in an end of year showcase
  • Participating in inspirational and valuable guest workshops with local artists and university lecturers
  • Working in industry standard studios using state of the art technology, and developing traditional photography skills in our dedicated dark room

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our subject specialists will instil in you a love of learning, and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

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.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment is via examination and coursework.

Where does it lead?

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 of Photography you could consider such as Fashion, Product, Documentary or Post-production Photography – or even running your own studio. You may also wish to progress on to a Photography or an Art and Design based degree.

This is a highly valued qualification that can also support a wide range of careers where photographic skills are an asset such as Journalism or Marketing. A Level Photography students have recently progressed to university to study subjects such as:

• Photography
• Marketing
• Journalism
• Fashion
• Advertising
• Graphic Design

Perfect pairings

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Good to Know
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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