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Level:    A Level
Exam Board:   AQA
Assessment:  100% coursework
Entry requirements: GCSE C grade or above


In the art department at St Anne’s Academy we feel that our students should be given an opportunity to create a visual language which says something about the way they see and understand a world which is not always as it appears.

We are a committed and enthusiastic department. All lessons take place in purpose built specialist studios and workshops. We have facilities for painting, printmaking, digital imaging, graphics and textiles. The studios are alive with a diversity of ideas and methods of work and many students gravitate towards the art studios in their own time to continue their work in a supportive, highly creative and happy environment.

Course overview:

This course provides exciting opportunities to communicate and develop ways of expressing ideas in photography. Students will study practical and critical/contextual work in a variety of forms including documentary photography, photo journalism and portraiture, landscape and still life photography. You will explore how photography is used to convey messages and create works expressing personal enquiry involving the selection and manipulation of images.  Students will employ creative approaches which go beyond observation and recording.

What will you study?

2 Year course- A visual portfolio is produced over the 2 years. 

Component 1- 60% Personal Investigation (Foundation stage incorporating a variety of methods/techniques and themes focusing on a range of skills combined with creativity and experimentation plus a full personal investigation project)

Component 2- 40% Externally set assignment from AQA with preparation time and a 15hr exam in 2nd year.

Higher Education Pathways:

BA (hons) Photography, Visual Arts, interior Design, Graphic Design, Media or Film Studies


Photo journalist, Documentary photographer, Artist, , Manager Exhibition Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Teacher, Lecturer, Museum Curator, Landscape Architect, Multimedia Designer.



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