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Photography A Level *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

 • Lens-based image making including video and film Students studying A level Photography are required to own a good quality digital SLR camera.

Students are required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate their ideas. By working across disciplines, they will extend their understanding of the scope of Fine Art and Photography, by focusing on one discipline, they will gain a deeper understanding of specific processes within each subject.


Course Specific Objectives

The aims and objectives of the A level Photography are to enable students to develop: 

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
  • Independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
  • An interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
  • Their experience of working with a broad range of media
  • An understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design
  • Processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • Knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries
  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures
  • An awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design. 

Course content

A Level Photography is taught by one subject teacher who teaches the coursework and the external exam prep work over two years. In the Lower Sixth, students follow the broad-themed title 'Collections Groupings and Classifications" as the starting project which is followed by a three-week induction programme. After this time students start to consider the personal direction of their work, producing a student statement of intent with the support and advice of the teaching staff and overseen by the Head of Art. It is expected that students will develop a creative and intellectual character and produce art of local, national and global relevance.

Students are expected to complete a diverse range of work using a range of materials and techniques

Upper Sixth coursework is a personal unit of work supported by student statements of intent. Throughout the two-year A Level Photography course, students are regularly monitored by Self, Peer and Teacher Assessment, in line with the Edexcel assessment objectives.

Students are expected to participate in class and need to be willing to share their ideas. To be successful, students will need to devote time to honing their creative and problem-solving skills by working independently outside the classroom.


Subject teachers set tasks according to an agreed work programme which helps students to manage their time. Students are expected to keep up to date; the sequential nature of much of the course will cause intense difficulties for students who allow themselves to fall behind.

The Personal Study

Through the personal study, students will demonstrate understanding of relevant social, cultural or historical contexts. Students will also express personal interpretations or conclusions, and use technical and specialist vocabulary.

The focus of the personal study can be any concept, movement person, people, artefact(s), or other source of reference. However, it must be related to their own investigations and practical work. The personal study is a compulsory element of the A Level coursework unit A Level Photography.


In the February of the Lower Sixth, students will produce a 15 hour timed internal assessment where they will produce final outcomes for the Summer Exhibition.

 A minimum of 5-6 hours of independent study is expected per week.

The personal study will consist of a critical and analytical written piece of a minimum 1000 words continuous prose, making links to the student's own practical investigations, supported by contextual research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brentwood School directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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