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Are you a creative thinker, committed, enthusiastic and full of ideas? Do you want to explore the world around you visually through photographs, Gifs, animations or film? If so then A Level Photography is for you.


We place emphasis on the individual, and encourage our students to use Photography to explore their own interests and ideas, rather than set traditional projects. This is an exciting new course this year.

You will be given one-to-one guidance to help you direct your studies in a purposeful way so that you achieve your potential at examination.

Special Features

There is a studio exclusively for Sixth Form use, a Sixth Form Resources Centre, and art exhibitions at the end of every term. We have professional photography studio equipment and high quality print facilities. There are opportunities to talk and work with practising artists and trips to galleries and universities. 

Entry requirements

Please refer to the John of Gaunt entry requirements.


Coursework is now done over the full two years with a final exam project in the end of year 13. You will not get a grade at the end of year 12. You must complete the full two years.


By following this link, you can see the specification on the exam board website:




Method of Assessment


Unit 1 – project 1 “technical skills” project.

A skills-based project that explores a large range of skills, media techniques, ideas development and art history.

60% of advanced GCE

Internally set

Internally marked

Externally moderated


Unit 1 – coursework project.

An open choice practical project leading to a final piece


A written study on an Art related topic.

60% of advanced GCE

Internally set

Internally marked

Externally moderated


Unit 2 – examination project.

A practical project on a theme set by the exam board

40% of advanced GCE

Externally set

Internally marked

Externally moderated

Moving on

Many students are successful in their applications to foundation courses at Trowbridge and Bath. These courses lead to a degree and/or career in Photography – creative, wedding, sports, fashion etc, Media, Graphics, Illustration, Animation, Computer-Aided Design, Film, Game design, Teaching. Direct entry to History of Art, Museums and Galleries, Auctioneering and Architecture is possible. Photography combines with virtually any other subject and forms a valuable complement to English, History and other A-Level Arts subjects.