Photography 3


Do you love taking photographs and you enjoy being creative? The course will develop your skills using digital cameras, studio lighting and industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop and light room. 

Why study Photography? 

Our photography course is designed to allow your creativity to flourish while exploring personally selected themes. This can span across fashion, portraiture, landscape, the built environment, surface pattern, and texture: there is no end to the possible areas you can explore. Studying this subject as an A-level will provide you with the technical understanding of its value in contemporary society and culture. 

2021 Exhibition

What will I study?

After experiencing a range of practical workshops, each individual’s self-written project is tailored to incorporate personal ideas and interests and is devised with a specialist tutor in a supportive and enriching environment. Tutors have industry experience and design backgrounds allowing you to access to a wealth of knowledge. You will be introduced to a range of technical aspects, including traditional darkroom practice, studio lighting, shutter speeds, apertures, and Adobe Photoshop. You will visualise your work in a digital portfolio to show your creative and technical development which will certainly lead to a body of work you can be proud of. 

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?

  • EDUQAS (WJEC) coursework. 
  • Component 1 – Personal investigation (60%).  
  • Component 2 – Externally set assignment (40%). 
  • Internally marked and externally moderated.

Where could it take me?

A popular route to university or the workplace for our A-level students is via our thriving Art Foundation course. Many prestigious art institutions require students to have completed Art Foundation. In recent years students have progressed to photography-related courses at Camberwell, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Falmouth, Nottingham, Bournemouth, MMU, and UCLAN. Photographers create visual images for an exceptional range of creative, technical and documentary purposes within industries such as fashion, advertising, photojournalism, and social photography. 

Subject combinations

Photography can be studied alongside any combination of courses. Most popular are Graphic Communications, Art, Craft and Design, Textiles, any English course, Psychology, Sociology, Media, and Performing Arts courses.

What support is available?

When you enrol we will make sure that you are receiving all the support you need, you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, help with written analysis/annotation or practical support from our two specialist technicians. Studios are always available in your independent study time. 

What extracurricular activity is available?

In recent years students have enjoyed reference gathering trips to Morocco, Berlin, Madrid, London, Liverpool, and Manchester. Throughout the year and across the courses and disciplines there are opportunities to enter internal and external competitions and live briefs. At the end of the second year you also have the chance to present your highly creative and individual work in a summer exhibition. 

Did you know?

95% of Winstanley College Photography students achieve A*- B grade. 

A popular destination for Photography students is our Art Foundation course. Approximately 1 in 5 Art students across the department take this route to top universities or the workplace.