Photography A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC49
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


It is important to note that Photography at TRC is a pathway that belongs to the Art and Design A Level syllabus and therefore, is a creative and art-based subject and not only media/design technology based.


Photography is used to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world. The A Level encourages exploration of different materials, processes and techniques, both formal and experimental. The start of the course is workshop based, teaching a range of Photography Skills including basic and advanced camera functions, studio and dark room processes. You will learn not only how to use your camera to take a good photograph but to understand the technicalities involved and how to explore your own concepts and ideas.

After this introductory workshop period, students are encouraged to develop their own specialism and explore their own concepts and ideas free of external constraints while continuing to develop and explore their skills. Students are encouraged to base their work around their own individual identity, incorporating cultural influences or personal experiences and interests.

Although most of the assessed work is practical and sketchbook based, there is a separately assessed written essay. This encourages students to explore the work of other artists who inspire them and look at their work in a wider context.

Study Visits

First Year: Day visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (October) and other local locations to conduct exciting photoshoots.

Second Year: Day trip to Manchester (February).


Day trips: contribution towards petrol, approx. £1 per trip.

Sketchbooks: Students will need to buy their own sketchbooks; however, we have high quality monogrammed sketchbooks available to purchase at cost price from us. We recommend buying these from the department to ensure that they are of a good enough quality. These range from £5.50 - £7.00

Starter portfolio pack including basic materials – £10.00 (subject to materials/ availability).

Printer Credits – Photography is a visual subject and will rely heavily on good quality print outs. Students are given a certain amount of ‘printer credits’, however, they will need to top this up.

You will need to pay for photographic paper for darkroom use. We buy these materials in bulk and sell them onto students at cost price to keep costs down. Please be aware as darkroom photography is a highly specialised area of photography there will be some costs to incur. Bursaries are available to help students fund the cost of their courses and we try to recycle as much as we possibly can to reduce costs.

It is recommended; that you have your own camera, however the college does have equipment that students can book out to complete their studies. A camera on a mobile phone isn’t recommended, instead an entry level DSLR is preferable.

How will it be delivered?

The course consists of two components.

Component one (60%) is coursework and will start in September and continue through for approximately 4 terms which is made up of 80% practical and 20% written.

Component two (40%) is the exam unit and contains a timed test.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 GCSE Art or related qualification. (Grade 6 if taken in combination with another Art based course).

If you have not studied GCSE Art or Photography, you may submit a portfolio. Please contact the department or see the website for details.

Your next steps...

Most of our students progress onto higher education in Photography, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Illustration, Games Design, Film, Web Design and Interior Design.