Photography is an outstanding course to study at Hermitage Academy. We have managed to send students institutions such as Brighton have an exceptional standing in the Photographic community.

Results are what they are because students are expertly trained in the use of their equipment in a way that embeds techniques and ideas over time. Students are expected to ‘live photography’ see their job as not being an academic one, but an interactive one. Amazing trips to see FORMAT a world renown Photography festival in Derby. Regular personal visits to Baltic in which they are offered opportunities to question where Photography fits in the world of Creativity. Students have created high end fashion shoots, Painting with light in Old churches locally, set fire to wire wool to create exceptionally experimental imagery. Remodelled and built wet winter windows of buses and created large scale mesmerising prints from those images. Suspended Dr Marten shoes for high end product shoots, compiled 50 local houses and transformed it into one house. Explored and taken photographs in a local neighbourhood for 400 days. Celebrated the life and times of their families. Constructed Fashion clothing collections from Photographs of ice. More recently constructed imagery from scratch using photocopiers and tracing paper. The reason it’s brilliant fun is because it’s diverse.  



Awarding body AQA

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5 or above in both maths and English. Grade 6 or above in Art or Photography, unless suitable portfolio of skilled work can be provided.

Year 12

Year 12 Foundation Studies  - Made up predominantly of a wide range of workshops training in the use of camera technology, lighting, gels and related equipment. Broadening into a wide range of additional activities that are more abstract applications of equipment including painting with light and experimental use of scanning equipment. 


An extended Project called 'Why does is have to be in Focus  based on the work of a wide range of practitioners. The premise of this project is that pupils get to ask whilst making and taking photographs fundamental questions about what this light medium of making is.  This is exciting because its what the top Universities in Photography are selling as their end goal and we do it from day one.  Spring Term as with Art and Design A-level onwards we begin the Personal Investigation where students construct an in- depth inquiry of their own until Christmas of Year 13.

Year 13

Personal Investigation – Having chosen and begun to develop an exciting investigation. Students pursue multi avenues of inquiry at pace. Alongside a wide breadth of making exercises students also contribute research and writing all culminating in up to 3000 words of extended written prose.


Externally Set Assignment – Response to an Exam paper of Themes that students pick one from and have time to prepare works and investigations towards. From February to April in Year 13 ending with a 15 Hour period where students respond to the set theme by making in any format or media appropriate to produce a purposeful and meaningful response.

Why study photography?

Photography offers an incredible breadth of thinking and functional skills that are transferable across a vast spectrum of study. Many students have proceeded to study 2D and 3D animation/ Fashion and textile design/ Film and media studies/ Game design/ Illustration/ Product design/ Photography/ Set design and Graphic Design at Degree Level. It is also uniquely a skills based study subject that would vocationally prepare persons for work in Photography.

‘......During my time studying photography at The Hermitage I was introduced to a range of contemporary photographic practices. The course stood out in its focus on and encouragement of experimentation and play, two crucial activities for the development of any artist or photographer wishing to further their ...
Max Southern, Brighton University, studying photography