Oldham Sixth Form College


Photography (A Level)

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I have learnt so many techniques, whilst exploring different aspects of photographs, looking at studio work, landscape photography, urban and documentary photography, whilst also learning how to use the camera properly - changing the shutter speed, F stop and aperture.

Photography  (A Level)  

  •  Assessment
  • Year 1 & 2
    100% Coursework
  • Exam board
  • Specific entry requirements
    A minimum grade 4 in an Art subject at GCSE is required. Exceptions may be made for able students who can supply a portfolio of work at enrolment.


What Will You Learn?

You will enjoy Photography if you have a creative eye and are interested in experimenting with and exploring photography techniques, alongside learning what makes a photograph successful in visual terms. On the course, you will learn about photography in different contexts with themes of work including People, Places, Abstraction and Architecture. You will be taught how to use Digital SLR cameras to create innovative photographs and also how Adobe Photoshop can be used to enhance images further. Projects will allow you to explore ideas through a thorough design process and you will be introduced to a variety of existing photography work to inspire and inform your own creative development.


You will cover a variety of photography genres including:

  • Fashion and Portraiture (this includes studio based work)
  • Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Documentary

Special Features

  • You will have the opportunity to enhance your learning through trips including, visits to galleries and exhibitions in London and more locally.
  • You can also take part in a wide variety of student photography competitions and opportunities.

Where Will This Lead?

Photography leads into HE Art and Design courses or careers in graphic design, fashion, film, advertising, journalism and photography. Photography also develops a wide range of skills, including critical analysis, creativity and practical problem solving.

Students have gone on to study for degrees in Photography, Multimedia Journalism , Fashion Design with Textiles, Graphic and Communication Design, Fashion Marketing and Branding.