A Level Photography

Pupils can take A Level Photography as an option even if they have not previously chosen to do Photography at GCSE Level.

Why Study Photography?

A Level Photography is suited to those pupils with a passion for photography, who would like to learn more about the technical aspects of the subject including:

  • How a camera works and to be confident with basic functions
  • Studio lighting techniques and how to correctly expose an image.
  • To produce images using both tungsten and flash.
  • To explore many different genres of photography and dedicate around 3-4 weeks on each project.
  • To use proficiently a professional photography studio.
  • To use industry standard post production software like Photoshop.

Course Outline and Assessment

Pupils will study many different genres of photography.

Examples of possible projects include; On-location Fashion, Fantasy and Surrealism, Interior/Exterior Architecture and Chroma Key Imaging.

Pupils will undertake an advanced graphics based project by designing a double page spread influenced by magazine titles such as Vogue, Tatler, Cosmopolitan and Elle.

Further areas of study include ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) camera systems.

  • Pupils will use specialist camera equipment to investigate several different forms of scientific photography, including medical and forensic imaging techniques. These ‘invisible spectrum’ techniques will also be applied in an optional nature photography project, allowing the photographer to see parts of the spectrum which can only be seen by insects.
  • Pupils will explore and produce a documentary style project and look into how images are shot by the magazine and newspaper industry. These ‘Real World’ based projects allow pupils to develop a realistic idea of what is required by clients and shot by professional photographers.
  • There is an opportunity to undertake an independent practical piece of work, in which pupils are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces.
  • Pupils will be introduced to digital and conventional medium format photography and will create either a film/media based project or music video/advertising campaign utilising Chroma Key (Green Screen) imaging technology.


Component 1: Personal Investigation: 60%,
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment: 40%

Photography Gallery

Visit Us Admissions Apply
Dunottar School
students using VR
Year 7 Admissions – September 2025

If you are looking for a Year 7 place in September 2025, please make sure your child is registered to sit our entrance assessments by 9am on 24th September 2024.

Register now