Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.

When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices.

Is this course right for me?

Are you passionate about photography? Would you like to develop a working artistic knowledge of photography, its development and its applications?

This course explores the methods, equipment and technologies of photography. It encourages you to appreciate the visual world, and enables you to respond creatively through photography. The course is suitable for people who want to work in commercial and professional mode, as well as those who want to explore innovative methods or ideas.

You will accumulate a range of practical skills, whilst learning to transform your ideas into finished work. You will also develop experimental, analytical and documenting skills, helping you to evolve as both a producer and viewer of photography.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications.

Please note that this course is available as an AS Level only at the Dolgellau campus.

Entry requirements:

In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:

  • 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
  • GCSE in creative subject grade C, together with a folder of work which should be brought with you to interview

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.

There is an additional resource fee of £20 on this course.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Theoretical learning
  • Practical work
  • Visits to local, national and international galleries
  • Virtual Learning Environment (MOODLE)


In the first year, to achieve the AS level, you will complete a single coursework unit equating to 40% of the full A Level. This is assessed via a blend of interim assessment and feedback, with final external moderation taking place at the end of the AS year.

In the second year, to achieve the full A Level, you will also complete a 'Personal Investigation' plus 'Externally Set Assignment' which together will equate to 60% of the full A Level.


The AS Level course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to use these towards your application for a Higher Education course.

If you choose to continue your studies in this subject, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai offers the following degree courses:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Art and Design 
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Photography 
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art 

Your career options would encompass a variety of photography and media environments. You could work independently as a photographer, in both an artistic and commercial context. You could also enter employment in the creative industries: for example, in advertising, web design, TV, film, publishing, illustration or product design.

Other possible career opportunities include education, gallery or museum work, theatre or festival related work, archive work or work within the print industry.