Art & Design (Photography)


This two-year course looks at both the practical and aesthetic aspects of photography, primarily digital. You will observe and appreciate the works and styles of other photographers and develop your own approach to image making. Editing takes place using Adobe Photoshop CC.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Creative and portraiture photographer, stop-motion designer, film maker, photography journalist, freelancer, and teacher.

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
  • Body of practical work and an exam.

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 four or above, including English and art
  • Portfolio of photographs recommended.

What students say about the course

"This course has helped me to broaden my skills. I have made great improvements when it comes to writing about my work, analysing photographs and taking photographs. My favourite part of the course is being given the opportunity to put my ideas into action."

Charlotte King, previously at Hounsdown School

Additional information


Art trips can include exciting opportunities such as visiting Barcelona to experience gothic architecture and street art, to exploring the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. 


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.