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The WJEC  A Level  specification in photography  has been designed to  provide engaging and innovative creative learning experiences, where the skill of taking photographs  is meaningfully integrated with theoretical knowledge and  understanding.

This course gives learners the opportunity to follow a programme of study, which extends  experience and personal response as well as developing imagination and critical and reflective thinking. The ability to innovate, adapt and work independently,  which is at the heart of this course, is valued by higher education and  employers alike. 

Students study the technical aspects of using cameras, taking photographs, digital editing and effective work presentation. We aim to develop student’s photographic vision and to encourage them to explore the creative power of the medium. In the first few months of the course, students study a foundation unit of work which teaches essential skills in using cameras, digital editing with Adobe Photoshop and portfolio presentation. 

They will also develop their understanding of what makes a successful photo and how to approach image making through lighting, viewpoint and composition. 

They then apply these skills, over the coursework component of the A-level, in the development of a personal photographic journey, which is presented in a portfolio of work for assessment along with a practical personal investigation through a written account. 

Exam Qualifications


Cross-curricular link with STEM based subjects through knowledge and understanding. 

  • STEM Ambassadors 
  • Careers Advisors
  • Sixth Form Mentors
  • Lunch Time Clubs
  • After School Intervention
  • Subject Specialist Trips


Head of Faculty: Umar Ejaz

Head of Art: Tessa Greeman