The new GCSE and A level Photography specifications encourage students to show an appreciation of aperture, shutter speed, depth of field & ISO. This course will teach you not just how to use your digital SLR camera but how to teach all your students too!

You must bring a digital SLR camera, fully charged with a memory card.


  • Teach your students to use an SLR or bridge camera with confidence
  • Employ camera functions manually and creatively
  • Utilise skills and techniques to respond to starting points in an informed way
  • Raise achievement by extended thinking within your students photography work
  • Build exciting and inspirational schemes of work for your students
COURSE DATE London, Wednesday 15 November 2017
WHO FOR?  All teachers of GCSE/AS or A level Digital Photography
Non specialist teachers who are teaching this title
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.15am: What is a 'Photograph?'

  • Examine the Importance of ‘Intent’ and planning
  • Explore Genres and contextual references
  • Exploring Exposure Workshop Pt 1 – Composition practical workshop: getting to know your camera

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Working manually with your digital SLR

  • Aperture override – building confidence with camera control
  • Using shutter speed creatively – “Cog Wheel Approach”
  • Exploring Exposure Workshop Pt 2 – Technical considerations with ISO & white balance

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Responding to a Theme

  • Let’s get creative! – Inspirational workshop based on informed responses to: contextual references and genres
  • Explore areas of study within Photography (Lens based and Light based media)

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Building Intent and extending thinking

  • Higher level thinking strategies and appropriate intentions
  • Meaningful explorations and personal responses

Building a scheme of work

  • Analyse the sequence of operations vital for a successful Photography course

Production quality

  • Important factors, the “Must Have’s”
  • Documenting “The Journey” for assessment success

Mark Coombe

Mark Coombe is an experienced Senior Examiner for a leading awarding body for GCSE and A Level and he is also a Subject Advisor. He holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from the London College of Printing with a commendation for his work related to Critical and Contextual Studies.

He has 20 years experience of teaching Art, Design and Photography in secondary schools and FE Colleges and has been writing and delivering inspirational CPD courses nationwide since 2010.