Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two 5/Bs and three 4/Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4/C in Maths and English Language. An art related subject at grade 4/C or above, plus a portfolio of work.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Photography A Level is an exciting course that offers you the opportunity to explore a wide range of photography aspects, such as portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, fashion photography and experimental photography.

What will I learn?

You will develop your own practice through the study of photographers, their techniques and styles and through theoretical and practical sessions. An essential part of your development as a photographer will be learning traditional darkroom techniques as well as modern digital techniques using Adobe Photoshop software. At the end of the year, your work will be exhibited in our end of year Art and Design exhibition, which is open to the public.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


We have a fully-equipped photography studio with dark room, lighting rig and industry standard editing software. You’ll also have access to DSLR cameras to develop your photography skills.

Progression and Careers

Some universities require students to complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at College before progressing on to university. We offer this at Nelson and Colne College University Centre. However many of our students progress directly to university.

Former students have gone on to study art related disciplines at a number of top universities including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, the University of Bradford, Kingston University and Leeds College of Art. They have progressed onto exciting degree programmes such as Graphic Design, Photojournalism, Fashion Photography, Commercial Photography and Forensic Photography, to name but a few.

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