Arts & Humanities

Art & Design

The A Level Art and Design syllabus considers expression and communication. Learners gain an understanding of visual perception and aesthetic experience, and the ways in which art and design creates a language of its own.

Most of the work for this syllabus is practical or studio based, so that learners can develop their abilities of observation and analysis of the visual world, sensitivity, skill, personal expression and imagination. They also learn how to relate their skills to an enhanced knowledge of their own cultures, past and present, as well as an appreciation of practical design problems.

Gallery visits are a vital part of the course in both years. As well as participating in college trips, students are also expected to make use of the many museums and galleries that London has to offer.




London Brookes College has a vibrant English department led by our Vice Principal Sandra Poulton and other inspirational teachers. The department is full of students with a genuine enthusiasm for the subject. All of this makes for an extremely lively and engaging classroom environment.

Students explore drama, poetry and prose and are encouraged to take part in an ongoing wider reading project, attend poetry readings and get involved in London Brookes College student talent showcasing event.

London offers students an exceptional choice of shows, events and exhibitions as well as outstanding libraries and bookshops.

Students can choose from the following:

  • English Literature

The syllabus will study a range of texts in the three main forms: prose, poetry and drama. Set texts are offered from a wide range of different periods and cultures.

Students will develop skills of reading and analysis of texts, and are encouraged to undertake wider reading to aid understanding of the texts studied. They will learn skills of effective and appropriate communication including the ability to discuss the critical context of texts.

  • English Language

AS and A Level English Language provides students with the opportunity to study English language and its use in communication. Students will be encouraged to respond critically to a wide variety of texts in a range of forms, styles and contexts, and to promote skills of communication, reading, research and analysis.

Through their study, students will develop an ability to read and analyse material, gaining further knowledge and understanding of English language features and issues. Learners will also develop the skills of writing clearly, accurately, creatively and effectively for different purposes and audiences.


Photographic theory is an essential aspect of the course, which is constantly being questioned through contemporary conceptual debates, group critical sessions and lectures given by invited photographers.

This qualification allows students to enter a wide range of Art and Design Foundation and Degree courses and prepare them to work in the photographic industry.

A-Level Photography will introduce you to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. You may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques. Researching the work of other photographers and artists is an integral part of the course.



AS and A Level History is a flexible and wide-ranging syllabus covering modern history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The syllabus builds upon skills gained at GCSE and develops lifelong skills including understanding issues and themes within a historical period.

The emphasis is again on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Learners develop an understanding of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and use historical evidence as part of their studies. Both at AS and A Level learners can select from topics on European, American or International history.

Teachers choose which periods to focus on, allowing them to build a course that reflects their learners’ interests and staff specialisms, or which is relevant to the local or regional context.

We take full advantage of all the excellent exhibitions and events going on in London to help students contextualise their history and get a taste of what different times were like.

Philosophy & Ethics


AS and A level language builds on the skills gained at GCSE or equivalent. London Brookes College gives our students an opportunity to study a wide range of languages:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • German
  • Latin

Students will gain an understanding of how to use the language in a variety of situations. They will be expected to handle texts and other source materials, extracting information in order to respond to specific tasks. Through their studies, learners can expect to achieve greater fluency, accuracy and confidence in the language.


Classical Civilisation

AS and A Level Classical Studies provides learners with an understanding of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome, and an appreciation of the diversity of the Classical world.

The syllabus exposes learners to a range of original sources (textual, material archaeological) and develops their abilities to interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of evidence. The syllabus is flexible and wide-ranging, allowing teachers to build a course that reflects their learners’ interests and staff specialisms.

Classical Civilisation students get to explore the ancient world through heroic tales, comic drama, Greek tragedy and art.

Examining such ancient and classical civilisations reveals how Western culture, as we know it now, began particularly in relation to literature, art, politics, philosophy and theatre. So it is a great course for those also studying English, Drama, Politics, Philosophy, Art and History of Art.

Universities are keen to attract more students to study Classics.