Our Photography course involves using creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording. You will use photography as a means of personal enquiry and expression, and create artwork using traditional darkroom techniques and digital imaging. At the end of the year, your work will be exhibited in our Art & Design show at Woking’s Lightbox gallery.

What skills will I develop?

You will learn how to use darkroom and digital photographic manipulation and basic studio lighting techniques. 

You will learn how to investigate the work of other artists and make links with your own personal and creative output, your outcomes will be exciting and often experimental. 

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Coursework: Art & Design Coursework (Portfolio & 1000-3000 words - 60%)

  • Section A: Generating practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources.
  • Section B: Supporting study based on a selected topic

Component 2 - Examination: Art & Design Externally Set Assignment (15 hours - 40%)

  • Section A: Respond to a stimulus to produce work which portrays the ability to research and develop ideas & link between personal and external work

Where does the course lead?

This course could lead to University Courses such as Film and Media Studies or Photography.

Photography is an excellent choice of subject for students taking other Art & Design and Media courses or as a way of developing useful skills in this very popular recreational activity.  Highly motivated students, who build up good portfolios of work whilst at Woking College will be able to pursue a wide variety of careers in Photography.

Alternatively, students can combine Photography with another subject at University for a career in architecture, theatre design or drama, for example.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Emma Hobbs

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least a grade 4 in an Arts subject.

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 60%, Examination = 40%