A Level Photography

2023/2024 & 2024/2025



The AQA A Level in Photography is designed for art and photography students that wish to further develop the specialism. With a desire to develop a wide range of creative skills in Photography, but also want to learn more about how to develop skills, methods, techniques and processes and the different roles that are available to qualified Artists, Crafts People and Designers. You will study two components across the two year course:

  • Component 1:  Personal Investigation
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 

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Requirements for Study

Students should be proficient and confident in Art and Design, have some understanding of practical working, and have a desire to contribute creatively. The following requirements also apply:

Minimum APS:

  • 3 A Levels - 4.5
  • 2 A Levels & 1 Vocational - 4
  • 1 A Level   & 2 Vocational - 3.8

Subject Specific: 

  • 9-4 in English Language or English Literature
  • A good developed portfolio and/or 9-5 in an Art subject


Component 1: students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.

Component 2: students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.


Students taking this qualification may apply to university to study a BA (Hons) degree or equivalent in any Art related field, such as BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

Students also learn valuable skills such as critical thinking, approaching practical methods with resilience and confidence, using a range of painting and drawing materials, communicating, working collaboratively, self-presentation and self-management, adaptability, self-monitoring and development which would support students working in the creative industry in a variety of careers.

Career options could be Graphic or Editorial Designer, Photo-Journalist, Set Designer, Product Designer, Film and TV Camera Operator and Interior Designer.


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