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Photography AS/A Level at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

Studying A Level Photography at Brooksbank enables students to develop their skills and interests through a variety of projects and workshops. The best foundation for success in AS and A Level Photography is a good grade at GCSE.

The department is a committed and enthusiastic team, which includes five teachers plus an art technician.Together they bring a broad range of skills, expertise and experience to the subject, ensuring students receive the best possible artistic, photographic and educational experience.

Experiencing Photography and Art in general at first hand is extremly important for developing knowledge and understanding in the subject. It is also essential for the research project in A level. Students take advantage of numerous visits to galleries across the country. It is also important that students work is exhibited and celebrated and students are invited to exhibit their work at a variety of local galleries and exhibition spaces.        

If you have a talent and enthusiasm for photography and wish to develop your creative skills in our inspiring Arthaus, then this is the course for you.

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Students are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of study. Students have an externally set assignment with five exciting starting points of which they choose one to develop. The work could be of a developmental nature or an outcome which is fully completed.

A Level

Students are set a personal investigation. They develop written and practical work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choosing. Students have an externally set assignment with a variety of exciting starting points of which they choose one to develop. This culminates into a final completed outcome.

Assessment Objectives

Marks are awarded in the following areas for AS and A Level:

  • A01 - Analysing and experimenting using the work of other artists.
  • A02 - Experimenting with materials and developing ideas.
  • A03 - Recording observations in a variety of forms.
  • A04 - Personal responses.

Entry requirements

In order to follow this level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • plus at least 4 other subjects st GCSE

Please note, we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until a grade C is achieved.



  • Component 1: Portfolio. 60% of AS. No time limit
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment. Preparatory period plus 10 hour supervised time. 40% of  AS

A Level

  • Component 1: Personal investigation.60% of A Level.
  • Component 2: externally set assignment. Preparatory period plus 15 hour supervised time. 40% of A Level.

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

Success in A Level Photography offers not only a route into arts-based and media employment, such as film making, camera person and graphic designer, It also bestows a highly desirable skill set. Through photography, students become highly perceptive individuals as well as highly practical people. They also become efficient time managers as they learn how to work to deadlines which gives them a desirable edge in the work place environment as an employee or an employer. You could take this course to compliment other advanced level courses or to provide a firm foundation for further study in photography or related media subjects at university and college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 22 October 2015
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