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Here at Kendal College, we have a culture of high expectations, creating an environment in which A-Level learners can thrive.

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Course Overview

A-Level photography offers an ideal pathway for students wishing to pursue a career in media, the arts, pure photography or related areas. Photography offers a rewarding and challenging area in which to work and nationally there has been a growing interest in studying the subject, reflecting an increased awareness of the role of images and the media in the world today. This course reflects the diverse nature of photography as a medium and explores areas ranging from social documentary, portraiture and location work to fashion and digital skills. Prior knowledge or experience of Photography is not essential.

The syllabus begins with an introduction to the camera and darkroom, digital manipulation and presentation software. The AS-Level is practical and will see you produce two coursework portfolios that tie into your interests and year two will consist of two coursework portfolios and a supporting written piece. There will be opportunities to visit photographic exhibitions, locally and nationally, on a London residential trip, to expose you to current issues and trends. We also offer work experience, providing you with an opportunity to work alongside professional photographers. Students will have the opportunity to be exhibited at the College's prestigious end of year Summer Exhibition, with a private viewing in front of art, design and photography professionals and there are even opportunities to become involved with a number of "live" commercial projects, commissioned throughout the year.

Assessment of course work is based on clearly defined criteria at each stage, through 4 mandatory units. Unit 1 is a coursework portfolio of themed images with written contextual research. Unit 2 is a short externally set assignment. Unit 3 is a personal investigation research project, and Unit 4 is an extended externally set assignment. Your work is assessed through observation and evaluation of practical outcomes, research, development and analysis of projects and written evaluations of finished projects. Verbal and written feedback is integrated at each stage.

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above, including 4 in English Language
  • You should also have Grade 5 or above at GCSE Art and Design or other art-related subject

Applicants without the standard qualifications can still apply, providing they can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment. A portfolio of Art and Design or photography work will be required for assessment.

If you would like to study this course part-time, please contact the A-Level tutor:

After Your Course

An A-Level Photography qualification can enable learners to progress into FE on a number of pathways including the 2-year Extended Diploma in Art & Design and the 1-year Foundation in Art, Design & Photography leading to HND/C and Degree courses in Photography. It also provides a platform to progress into the creative industries in a number of different ways; There are great benefits to having practical and creative skills and knowledge in photography within the design, graphics and advertising industries and many web-based creative careers where photography skills are highly valued.



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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