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Sixth Form


Course Title:  Photography A level



Exam Board: Eduqas



What is it all about?

  • The world is a visual environment- from designs for book covers, to internet freelance illustration and growing digital demand for imagery, photography is everywhere.
  • This subject connects all of the other subjects that you could study and personalises it so that you can research, experiment and learn in a playful way. It is the only subject that allows you to co-create your pathway. The worlds of art and photography history open up other worlds into peoples’ lives from today and the past. This subject makes you feel better, is better for your eyesight and makes you a more rounded human being. Photography A level allows you to investigate your own interests within a theme. You will gain inspiration from researching the techniques and ideas of photographers and develop your own responses using a range of art skills. From dark room techniques, SLR camera skills, creative development of ideas and digital editing skills, the chance to study a subject where you are able to make your own choices will develop your creative thinking and can feel incredibly worthwhile and satisfying.


Want to know more?

How will I be assessed?

  • Coursework 60%%- A chosen theme by the student evidenced through sketchbook and any other forms of responses. Understanding the work of artists and the visual impact on your own work.
  • Externally set assignment 40%- Development on an externally set theme from a range of options. This is investigated and produced in the final year and there is a chance to resolve an outcome over supervised sessions in school.

What are the entrance requirements?

  • It is an advantage but not essential to have taken GCSE art and design or fine art

What skills do I need?

  • Students need an enthusiasm for visual art and skills to be able to collect and record your thoughts and observations. You need also a willingness to try things out by experimenting with different media and approaches whilst not being overly critical of your attempts. The ability to link your photography with subjects and concepts that you are interested in and have experience of is a necessity for this course.

Future prospects?

  • Our past students have gone onto foundation courses and degree courses around the country. In the past few years, students have gone to Fine art, graphic design, fashion photography and games design. Recent Lady Lumley’s students are practising artists and have made a career from freelance illustration. Our students go on to careers in architecture, engineering and industrial design where spatial awareness and vision are crucial. Working with universities, galleries and other creative industries are prevalent directions for photography students.
  • Teaching jobs at all levels benefit from creative courses as you need to create resources and visual aids to maximise the curiosity of pupils. Art therapy jobs and jobs working with special needs students benefit greatly from an A level in a creative subject such as photography. There are jobs that do not exist yet that a photography A level will stand you in good stead for because the ability to think in new ways and to be innovative will be important in a fast-moving, constantly changing future jobs market.

What do our students say?

  • ‘This is one of the few courses where you can pursue your own interests and think for yourself. I have realised that photography can be used to express the ideas that I am passionate about’
  • ‘Photography is the best subject- I can take my own photographs, play about with them using digital programmes and produce work I am proud of’


Work by a Y13 student currently studying at Leeds Arts University


Work by Y13 student who went on to film studies degree at Salford University


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About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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