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Photography is both art and science. It’s at the cutting edge of technological development and the modern world is impossible to imagine without cameras. Photography is everywhere and is used in multiple ways, from recording in space to the smallest micro cameras in hospitals, digital technologies have sparked a revolution in photography and there has never been a more exciting time to study the subject. East Norfolk has a state-of-the-art photography suite with the latest creative cloud software, a specially built darkroom and a team of experts to help you develop as a creative.


AS-Level – 100% Personal Creative Enquiry

A-Level – 60% Personal Investigation & 40% Externally Set Assignment

(15 Hour Practical Exam)

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Fine Art or Photography or equivalent Level 2 qualification. Students without this grade will need to show evidence of artistic and creative ability by submitting a portfolio of at least twelve photographs and be interviewed on or before Enrolment Day by a member of the Art & Design team.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


The course covers both craft and digital skills. Photography is housed in new studios using a modern darkroom and digital suite using Adobe Photoshop and other creative cloud software.

At AS-Level students spend the first term developing camera skills using DSLR’s and studio lighting equipment. A range of photographic genres are explored whilst experimenting with both digital and traditional equipment and processes. After building skills students have the freedom to explore a theme of their choosing, this project will form 100% of the mark for the year.

During the second-year students will refine the skills developed in the first year and make decisions about new processes and techniques they would like to explore. Students are encouraged to attend workshops held at college and on location. Students often enter competitions and seek opportunities to have their work published. The second-year finishes with an exhibition showcasing student work.


Many universities offer Photography courses. Some are aimed at Fashion, Photojournalism, Documentary Editorial and Advertising. All offer routes into the creative industries.

Expert help and guidance is provided on building and presenting portfolios for higher education interviews.

Inspirational Links

  • British Journal of Photography –
  • Magnum Photos ( is a photographic cooperative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer members. With powerful individual vision.

  • American Suburb X ( –Critical essays, interviews, reviews of books and exhibitions, and, of course, photographs. Dedicated to the examination of photography and culture.

Course Information


A level

Course Work