Photography A Level

Photography A Level will introduce you to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques. Researching the work of other photographers and artists is an integral part of the investigating and making process. You will produce a sketchbook/workbook/journal to underpin your work, documenting your research and recording the development of your own work. You should be able to express ideas and link your intentions to outcomes in a confident and assured manner. Working with your tutor, you may get the opportunity to publish your work online.

Course Content

AS Course – one year.  

· Unit 1 – Portfolio (50% AS mark, 25% of total A Level mark).

AS students should submit a selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the depth and breadth of the course.

At least one extended collection of work, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. 

· Unit 2 – Externally-set Assignment (50% AS mark, 25% of total A Level mark).

Question Paper containing a choice of five starting points.

Five hours supervised to produce final piece(s). 

A2 – Second Year of Course. 

· Unit 3 - Personal Investigation (25% of total A Level mark).

Students develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choice. Students must include written material of a critical analytical nature. Written work linked to the practical work must also be included. 

· Unit 4 – Externally-set Assignment (25% of total A Level mark).
Question paper containing a choice eight exciting starting points. Fifteen hours supervised to produce final piece(s).
Students produce a clearly defined selection of work which will lead to a finished piece(s). 

Unit 1 of AS and Unit 3 of A2 are coursework, making 50% of the total marks.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 40 points for your average GCSE score, Mathematics and English Language at grades A*-C / grades 9-4 plus at least three other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects and a satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5, High School Certificate Grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).

Duration and Delivery

The A Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period. In the first year you study the AS modules and in the second year you will study the A2 modules. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July.


A Levels can lead to exciting opportunities in Higher Education in creative subjects and some practical aspects of the course are good preparation for the workplace.

Additional Information

You will also have the opportunity to take part in photography visits and conferences that we know will enrich your enjoyment of photography. This course is delivered at our Kingston Hall Road centre.


The Exam Board is AQA. The specification is GCE Art and Design (Photography), 2200. You can find more information at For more information please contact our Admissions Team on  020 8268 3073 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Photography A Level is taught at Kingston College so is ideal for those based in South West London and Surrey.


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