You will be introduced to a variety of photographic media, techniques and processes. You study traditional black and white darkroom printing as well as digital photography and learn practical skills and techniques. You learn to research photographers' work in depth, and link these ideas with your own work. You will be encouraged to explore ideas and push the boundaries of the medium, and develop your own individual creative concepts and approaches to photography.

Understanding your SLR camera is key: using depth of field, movement, working with different films, lenses, filters and lighting. You will benefit from a wide range of facilities, including two darkrooms and will have the opportunity to work in a studio environment with our technician in a designated studio session each week.

Year 1

  • Learn to use a 35mm SLR film and digital camera
  • Develop and print black and white images
  • Experiment with colour images both manually and digitally using Photoshop.
  • Learn about the history and techniques of photography from the 19th century to contemporary images to extend your own photographic ideas
  • Visit galleries in London to see photography exhibitions
  • Attend lectures by visiting photographers

Year 2

  • Develop your personal ideas on photography
  • Practise finer techniques of black and white darkroom printing
  • Experiment more widely with black and white and colour images, further exploring your camera techniques
  • Continue to learn new Photoshop skills and print large colour images
  • Extend use of digital SLR and a variety of lenses
  • Study an aspect of photography you particularly enjoy and write an illustrated essay

Photography is something I did as a hobby at home so I decided to try and learn more about it by studying it at A Level. I enjoy working in the darkroom and learning about film photography which is difficult but extremely interesting.

Sheena Pearson ex Priory School

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements


Grade 5 in GCSE Photography (if taken)

Students with evidence of commitment to and aptitude for photography demonstrated through submission of 5 images, will be considered.
How The Course is Assessed
60% coursework, 40% externally set assignment
Career Pathways
Many students continue their studies through foundation courses and specialist photography degrees. Others take degree courses in subjects such as media, film, graphics, animation, illustration, fashion, advertising and fine art. The A level could provide a gateway into a structured commercial career.
Transferable Skills
Creative visual and technical skills; transferable research skills; contemporary and historical subject knowledge and project development techniques.
Other Information
You must have your own 35mm SLR film camera, and access to a digital SLR, and a tripod would be an advantage. Black and white film and paper, USB sticks and mounting card are available to buy in the college shop. A3 logbooks are used to record your progress and research and are also available to buy in college.
Enquiries To
Gail Eastwood: