Sandbach College

Why study this course?

Photography gives students the opportunity to both express themselves through the creative process and gain a greater understanding of the world around them. Photography helps students develop problem solving skills and encourages them to delve deeper into world issues whilst acquiring a firmer understanding of both analogue and digital processes.

Sandbach College at Sandbach High School Entry Requirements

We ask that all students achieve grade 4 or equivalent (a Level 2 pass) in at least 4 subjects, alongside the following subject specific entry requirements:

  • Grade 4 in GCSE Photography


  • Grade 4 in GCSE English

What will I learn on this course?

Students who choose Photography at A Level will be introduced to a range of digital and hand manipulation techniques. Students will learn about the science of Photography and the importance of the Photograph as a narrative device. Students will also learn about the relationships between photography and wider world issues and will earn how to contextualise their ideas by making links to professional photographers and current events.

Examinations & Coursework

A Level Photography comprises of a coursework unit (portfolio) worth 60 % of the A Level and a practical examination unit set by the exam board worth 40% of the A Level. 

Potential career paths

Students who study Photography at A Level often go on to careers in Journalism, Press Photography, Fashion Photography, Graphic Design, Advertising, Film Making and Corporate Photography

Enrichment opportunities

The Photography department encourage students to develop their work outside of lesson and are given dedicated spaces in which to do so. Photography students are given the chance to travel abroad to see important Architecture and Artwork from around the world. Trips abroad and residential visits have so far included Venice, New York, Amsterdam, Tuscany and Paris.