Churston Ferrers Grammar School

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A Level – Digital Photography

Entry Requirements

No previous course experience

Examination Board: OCR

Introduction/General Advice and Requirements

Throughout the course, students will develop a working knowledge of materials, processes and techniques within Digital Photography.

Students will have the opportunity through Photography to seek an expressive and interpretive artistic response to the visual world around us. The genres of portrait and landscape, documentary and fashion photography are topical themes.

Technical skills such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, effective lighting and digital editing will all be studied.

Access to a DSLR camera is preferable.

Course Content & Assessment

The A level qualification comprises of two components

1 Personal Investigation: (120 marks) 60% of total A level. The Personal Investigation comprises of two elements.

  • A practical portfolio of practical work, showing a personal response to a theme, brief or stimulus.
  • A related written study of a minimum of 1000 words.

2 Externally Set Task: (80 marks) 40% of total A level.

  • The early release paper on the 1st February will provide students with a number of themes, from which ONE must be chosen.
  • This unit of work will then end with a final 15-hour unaided practical assessment in April.

All the work is internally assessed and externally moderated.


An extremely broad range of career opportunities exist for students either studying Photography as a specialist subject or as a subject to enhance a student’s overall learning and creativity. Digital Photography will enhance and complement many subjects.