Photography A Level


This course is largely practical and focuses on visual communication skills, encouraging students to develop creative, innovative methods of expressing their personal vision. Students will carry out projects, in-depth research and critical analysis of the work of other photographers, designers and artists and will also use work with a variety of both analogue and digital photographic techniques.

Take a look at some students' work in the Photography Photo Gallery.

Each summer the students have the opportunity to see their work exhibited in the Art, Design and Photography Summer Exhibition.

What goes well with this course?

Advanced Level courses in Photography, Art & Design (Fine Art) and Graphics involve a high level of practical work, which is extremely time consuming. Although these three subjects complement each other, it is not advisable to take more than two because of the expected workload.


After studying Photography at A Level, students can either take a one-year foundation course at an Art College, or progress directly to a degree in Photography.

Course Content

All work is based on set projects which are carefully designed to encourage students to achieve the assessment levels set by the exam board. As students will be working on individual projects, lessons tend to involve different activities for each student. A lot of the teaching is focused on one-to-one tutorials, although there are also regular whole class sessions.  Reigate College is fortunate to have extremely talented teaching staff who are equipped with the specialist photographic knowledge necessary to both inspire students and help them reach their full potential.

Lessons vary in nature, but might include:

  • Listening to a lecture and taking notes
  • Giving a presentation of your own work
  • Researching a photographer or technique in a book or on the internet
  • Working in the photographic studio
  • Processing a film or working in the darkroom
  • Digitally manipulating images on the computer
  • Writing up the results of an experiment in a workbook
  • Gathering and discussing ideas in a group

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Photography students are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included trips to:

  • London galleries
  • Tate Britain
  • New York

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


The exam board for A Level Photography is Eduqas.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

 In addition, students should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Grade 5 in GCSE Art or Graphic Design (if taken)


If Art/Photography wasn't taken at GCSE level, then a portfolio of work is required and should be taken to the student's interview.  

Students will need full-time access to both a 35 mm film SLR camera and a Digital SLR (DSLR) camera.


How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the Photography information leaflet.

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