A-level Art Photography at Rainhill Sixth Form aims to teach you every essential skill to become a highly skilled and creative 21st century photographic practitioner.

Course Aims

The course is designed to challenge and bolster your understanding around all aspects of digital and film photography. The course includes workshops in both contemporary and traditional practice, giving students the opportunity to learn how to process and develop film photography in a darkroom environment. The course will expose students to key essential photographic elements such as portraiture, landscape, urban environment and abstract photography.

The course is highly technical as it introduces students to in-depth understanding of how to use: professional lighting kits, various camera lenses, ISO and light ranges, focal depth and professional editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Your work will explore the ‘formal elements’ of photography and you will build your own projects based on personal ideas and intentions related to projects.

The course requires a passion for exploring and independence to get out and ‘capture’ the world around you.  Students should have high expectations and will be continually pushed to help explore individual creative boundaries. We aim to offer an innovative, relevant and highly challenging course leading to further study or employment in a wide range of creative fields.

Success rate for students achieving a first choice degree place across the past seven years has been 100%.

Entry Requirements

Minimum GCSE grade 6 or equivalent in an Art subject such as Fine Art, Art textiles, Photography or Art Graphics.


Following completion of the course students can continue into Degree studies at Universities or Foundation degree studies at University. As an alternative students could take on photography apprenticeships or engage straight into employment. Students can gain a career in photojournalism, sports photography, fashion photography, commercial photography, wedding photography, film and music photography to name but a few.

Awarding Body

AQA A-level Photography. This is a level 3 qualification.


The course is a two year, 1 x A-level programme.

The weighting of assessment is 60% portfolio and 40% externally set assignment.

The portfolio assignments are set and marked by your teacher and then externally moderated. You will complete 4 projects which will form your portfolio.

The externally set assignment will be set by the exam board and marked by your teacher. Following this all examination outcomes are then externally moderated.

Within your year 13 studies it is a requirement of the course to produce an extended piece of critical and contextual writing around 2500 words long to support your personal studies.

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