Photography A-level

2 years

Course Details

Choosing to study Photography A-level at Hugh Baird College will allow you to have the opportunity to explore and develop your own artistic voice and to engage you in social and cultural issues. You will also be expected to develop an open and exploratory approach to your work and to develop informed opinions, with an increasing awareness of contemporary issues, and artistic avenues.

This two year A-level course covers a broad base of lens based disciplines. You will be introduced to a wide variety of possibilities and ways of working which will help you develop your own practice as a creative photographer. You will be introduced to a broad range of skills which will be an essential tool when progressing with your photography in the future.

As well as working in both film and digital Formats, you will be shooting in different locations, both in the studio and out. You will be able to explore and experiment with other media including scanography, cyanotype, digital manipulation and appropriate combinations of media.

Component One (60%):
This coursework unit is developed from start to finish by the student allowing them to explore their ideas and skills fully and independently.

Component Two (40%):
This is a coursework unit which is set by the examination board, the students select their topic, create a shorter body of work and complete their projects under examination conditions. The exam is 15 Hours.

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved at least a grade 4 in GCSE Art, GCSE Photography or GCSE Graphics. Applicants without any of these qualifications will be subject to an additional interview to decide suitability.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

A-level Photography
  • Component One (60%)
  • Component Two (40%)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
  • Photographer
  • Digital Marketing
  • Graphic Designer

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.