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Art and Photography A Level - Level 3


An A Level in art and photography is designed for developing your style and talent while learning a range of fine art and photographic techniques and approaches.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language, maths and a grade 6/B in an art and design-related subject such as an art, 3D design, textiles, photography or graphic design. You will also need to be able to produce a portfolio of appropriate art and photography work.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course.

Start dates and fees

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September 20181511Apply online

How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.


How will I be assessed?

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

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2015 - 94%.

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 will I study?

This A Level 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.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

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 subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course 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 programme choice.


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Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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