Students will have the opportunity to explore both traditional film based Photography as well as digital manipulation and development. Tring has a dark room as well a computer suite that students undertaking both the Fine Art and Photography courses have access to.

Awarding Body: AQA
Option Block: B

Students will have the opportunity for learning outside the classroom. A Study Tour to a European city one year will allow students the opportunity to see a range of Art and Photography, draw from their collections and gather visual resources to take back to the classroom; the following year a Photography Tour to a coastal town in Britain in order to develop outside Photography skills and to work from an unfamiliar landscape plays a part in developing skills, experiences and ideas. As well as these trips students are encouraged to visit both National and local galleries, either with or without the art tutors. Students will also be expected to work between lessons – not all resources can be found in the confines of Tring School. Cameras should be taken everywhere, just in case a photo opportunity arises!

Photography is taught by a specialist team, and a high level of skill and ability with a range of cameras is built up throughout the two years. The course is a creative course, one focussed on experimentation, exploration and ideas, but with a requirement to show a high level of skill; technical knowledge is useful but the ability to take technically brilliant photographs is more important, and results in higher grades.

Course content

Unit 1 is intended to form the basis on which students develop their knowledge, skill and understanding in creating a rich visual language within the context of selected ideas. Ideas provide the starting point for art and design practice, forming an integral part of the creative process and lies at the heart of the assessment for Photography A level.

Students will be expected to build on and develop their recording and Photography skills and demonstrate skilful use of the formal elements. In developing these skills students will experiment with a wide range of techniques and methods, learning how to use Photography in order to reflect the different qualities of their observed forms and images.

Units 2 and 4 are Externally Set Assignments. The students will receive the ESA in January and produce their final piece of Photographic work for the assignment in April. Students work through ideas for the timed test with guidance from the teaching staff.

Unit 3 incorporates two elements; practical work and a personal study Practical investigation and application forms the basis and foundation of this unit.

Students will identify an area for study and will pursue their own creative and visual ideas in their chosen area of Photography. Students will demonstrate the ability to resolve issues and ideas that emerge as an inevitable part of the process of creating Photographic Art work.

Alongside this students will be researching, evaluating and analysing the work of others in Art and Photography. The choice of the artist will depend upon the nature of the practical study and both will inform the other. The Personal Study should have as part of its outcome written work, as well as other practical and visual images.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE Art and a grade C or above in English & Maths at GCSE


Unit 1 Art and Design: Photography Coursework 30% of A2 60% of AS Internally set and marked, externally moderated

Unit 2 Art and Design: Photography Externally Set Assignment 20% of A2 40% of AS Externally set, 8 hours timed test, internally marked, externally moderated A2 Level

Unit 3 Art and Design: Photography Coursework 30% of A2 Internally set and marked, internally moderated

Unit 4 Art and Design: Photography Externally Set Assignment 20% of A2 Externally set, 12 hour timed test, internally marked and externally moderated

Future opportunities

After AS and A2 students have the chance to go onto an Art Foundation Course, locally or out of county. Many of our students get into the London Colleges of Art for their Foundation Year and then stay on at the same College to study for a Degree. Students who chose not to go to work in a Photography studio straight away can go on to study for Diplomas, City and Guild qualifications as well as BTEC and Degree courses to study Creative Media, Lens Based Media, Fine Art and Photography. After that, its up to you!