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Photography AS/A2 at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College

Course description

Cardinal Wiseman are not accepting applications through Search and Apply. If you want to apply  please call Helen Curtis on 024 76617231 extension  253

This is an A Level course


Photography – lens and light-based media includes works in film, video, digital imaging and light-sensitive materials.  Sometimes techniques and processes are used to convey messages and create works related to other disciplines, such as web-based animations, photographic images in printed journals, light projections within theatrical or architectural spaces.  Lens and light-based media should form a means of personal enquiry and expression involving the selection and manipulation of images.  Students must employ creative approaches which go beyond mere observation and recording.  In the context of this specification, disciplines will include film based photography, digital photography and film and video.  Students will be required to work in one or more of these disciplines.

For all disciplines, students may:

  • record in a personal way experiences, ideas, information and insights appropriate to intentions;
  • analyse and critically evaluate photographic images, demonstrating an understanding of purposes, meanings and contexts
  • use photography to develop ideas through sustained investigations and exploration, selecting and using materials, processes and resources, identifying and interpreting relationships and analysing methods and outcomes;
  • use photography to present a personal, coherent and informed response, realising intentions, and showing connections with the work of others;
  • demonstrate an understanding of continuity and change in photography in different genres, styles and traditions;
  • demonstrate effective and skilful use of equipment operation and technique;
  • identify issues relevant to photography;
  • relate image, text and format to produce a satisfactory solution in terms of aesthetic quality, legibility and function.

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Course content

Year 1  Module 1 - Coursework : Man, Matter and the Urban Landscape

Year 1 Module 2 - Externally Set Assignment 

Year 2 Module 3 - Coursework : A 3000 word essay plus an associated portfolio pf practical photography

Year 2 Module 4 - Externally Set Assignment

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade B GCSE in a related subject.  They do not necessarily need previous Art/Photography experience to take this subject but attendance at a Skills Assessment Session is compulsory. 


Examinations and Coursework.

Future opportunities


The Creative Industries earn more for this country than the Petro Chemical industries (Govt. statistic 2008) and following a degree course many of our students use their creative skills to take up employment in the Creative Industries. Others have used their grade A success in this subject area to access degree courses in other spheres. The 120 UCAS points that one recent student gained in this subject enabled him (along with success in History and Biology) to take up a degree in Biomedical Science at Aston University.  

Further information

Cardinal Wiseman are not accepting applications through Search and Apply. If you want to apply  please call Helen Curtis on 024 76617231 extension  253

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks