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Art and Photography A Level - Level 3


On this course you will study:

  • Exploring traditional and new media
  • Photography and art techniques
  • Studio and location photography
  • Fine art
  • 2D and 3D media
  • Studio and location photography
  • Photographic techniques 
Recommended courses to study alongside this A Level:

Start dates and fees

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September 20221974Apply online

What will I study?

This course will cover a wide variety of media, allowing you the opportunity to develop your creative skills while learning new techniques and approaches within photography and art and design.

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences in the areas of fine
art and photography that explore a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques.

You will explore both traditional and new media.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs with at least grade 4 including English language, maths and a grade 6 in an art and design-related subject.
  • You will also need to produce a portfolio of appropriate art and photography work and supply a reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June with some additional coursework assessment.

Success rates

100% pass rate - 2020

What does the course lead to?

A Fine Art A Level can help forge careers as an artist, designer, work in illustration, graphics or fashion design. It can also assist with careers in the media, film and television, marketing and textile industries or becoming a teacher.

What can I progress onto?

You can progress on to further study at university-level in photography, fine art or a related subject or employment.


How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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