What can I expect
to do?



AS/A Level Photography at Manchester Creative Studio is taught within the AQA Art and Design Level 3 Specification, and is either a 1-year (AS Level) or a 2-year (A Level) course.

Students will be placed onto the A Level version of the course which can be worth up to 48 UCAS Tariff points

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques, whilst being made aware of both traditional and new media. Amongst other areas, this course will cover portrait & landscape, fashion, experimental photography as well as moving image


For full information on this qualification, please see the
AQA website

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How will
I be assessed?


To achieve this qualification you will complete end of year assessments based on units of study you have completed on the course

This will involve a combination of practical and written work

Working in the creative and digital involves a lot of team working so you can expect to work in teams on various projects


Students are encouraged to continually improve upon their work in order to meet the highest assessment criteria

your pathway


This qualification covers an array of skills as outlined above and so gives you plenty of options once achieved

You can use the UCAS Tariff points collected to support an application to university for a range of specialist degree courses such as Photography, Graphic Design, Creative Media and many others

If university isn’t for you, this qualification will make a great addition to your skillset when applying for apprenticeships and entry level roles 2


Course Leader


Chris Phillips – Photography Course Leader
I have a passion for all creative subjects, especially art and photography. I joined MCS to help students realise their potential and become successful creative professionals. I have worked in 3 very successful secondary schools which have always been passionate about students’ creative learning. For 9 years I led the Leeds visual arts network which has linked artist, crafts people and designers with secondary school art and photography teachers. This has also developed some exciting partnerships that I would seek to promote at MCS. I have always wanted to work in a creatively focused school and, now I have realised that goal, I feel privileged to be part of Manchester Creative studio’s journey. This is a truly exciting time for Manchester and the visual and digital arts’ industry. We will be teaching and training the young minds of the future to push the boundaries of digital and visual arts




Do I need a photography portfolio to get a place on this course?

No, you do not need a portfolio to get onto this course, though one would be an advantage. You should however, have selected creative subjects available at GCSE to show your passion for the subject. You may enjoy taking pictures using your smart phone and find you have an eye for it – a demonstrable commitment to the subject and creativity is what’s most important

Is the course full time or part time?

Both AS / A Level options are full time over either 1 or 2 years

Find out more

To find out more information about this course, please contact Chris Phillips