Art & Design (Photography)


This two year linear course looks at both the practical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Work will be primarily digital and you will have experience of working with creative darkroom processes. You will learn from the ideas and techniques of other photographers and develop your own approach to image-making. Editing takes place using Adobe Photoshop CC.

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Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Creative and portraiture photographer, stop-motion designer, filmmaker, photo journalist, freelancer, and teacher.

Art Foundation (pre-degree), Photography, Film, Media and other art-related degrees.

Topics you'll cover


  • Composition, aperture, and depth of field
  • Capturing movement
  • Photoshop editing
  • Mixed media experimentation
  • Thematic project and dissertation

Assessment and Qualification

  • Practical portfolio plus a related written investigation (1,000-3,000 words)
  • Portfolio of work amd a 15 hour exam
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at 5 or above including English Language and Art.

A suitable portfolio of creative work may be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Art.

Additional information


The specialist art studio contains a textile print table, lino presses and batik / screen-printing facilities in an open plan environment, including an art history and design library seminar room with access to computers.


You will be expected to pay a £25 course fee each year which provides students the access to the majority of equipment and materials required in the first two terms.  If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.