A Level

Exam Board: A Level Photography – OCR

Course Summary

A Level Photography explores photography in both creative and commercial form. It is practical in nature and you will learn many aspects of professional practice including camerawork, location, studio, Photoshop, portfolio production and self-promotion. Creative workshops build skills and confidence, while contextual studies develop written work to University level standards.

Experienced teaching staff guide you towards the development of your own professional practice and employability; this includes things like project management, working with AI technology, teamwork and independent thinking. If you want to be the best in your field and stand out from the crowd, this course is an excellent qualification that fully prepares you for your future. We complement a wide range of other pathways including Media, ICT, Science and other Art subjects.

Entry Requirements

  • Studying Art and/ or Design at GCSE is advantageous but not essential
  • Access to your own Digital SLR Camera and lens is required
  • High end mobile phone cameras will be considered



  • Extensive Camera Skills
  • Photoshop Skills
  • Photographic Studio
  • Sustainable Alternative Processes
  • Experimental and Creative Techniques
  • Developing Skills of Written Analysis
  • Finding your Confidence and Exploring Personal Ideas
  • Developing your Personal Photographic Style
  • Professional Portfolio Production
  • Project Planning and Teamwork
  • Using Critical Analysis to Support Practical Work
  • Preparing for Higher Education and Employment
  • Self Promotion and Website Development
  • Professional Printing and Mounting of Final Outcomes

Why choose this course?

  • Excellent results and progression
  • Specialist skills and diverse pathways
  • State-of-the-art facilities, including dedicated art studios
  • Access to the full Adobe Design Suite
  • Strong links with the Film, Graphic Design and Media Industry
  • End of year show and regular social media promotion
  • Visiting speakers from the creative industry
  • Additional Photoshop Q-XTRA available
  • Day trip to London or Brighton

Where might it lead?

The combination of practical and theoretical skills means this course leads to a range of options in further study and employment. Students often choose our one year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and then progress onto University subjects such as Photography, Film Production or Media Studies. Destinations are diverse and there may also be opportunities within areas such as science and healthcare digital imaging.


This course has a mixture of:

  • 60% Personal Investigation
  • 40% Externally Set Assignment


Lilia Price

"I like how the lessons at Barton have given me the confidence in my own abilities."

Read more about Lilia and some of our other students.