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Digital DSLR Photography - Stage 1

Course code: QPKV112P

Subject area: Photography

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

9:30am - 12:00pm

Days of week:


Course date:

3rd Nov 2023 - 15th Dec 2023

Course location:

Begbroke Village Hall

Contact details


01235 555 585

A digital photography course for owners of a DSLR camera or those that have a camera that allows users FULL manual control – please check your camera’s manual for details if you are unsure. This course is designed for complete beginners though photographers with some experience may find it useful to refresh their memory of certain techniques.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

The course aims to get you to a level where you can confidently grasp the fundamentals of DSLR Photography.

During the course you will:

• Explore the camera’s functions.

• Look at the technical side of photography.

• Look at what is needed to create the perfect picture.

• Explore the more creative side and open your photographer’s eye.

By the end of the course you will have had the opportunity to:

• Understand how your camera works.

• Recognise the relationship between shutter speed, ISO and aperture, composition, focusing white balance, image quality.

Please bring refreshments with you, if required.

Free parking.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?

Digital DSLR Photography - Stage 2

Entry criteria

There are no entry requirements for this course. For beginners and owners of a Bridge or DSLR camera or a camera that allows full manual control.

Please note this course is not suitable if you own a standard point and shoot compact camera.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information

You may be asked to bring your homework as prints, which may incur additional costs of up to £5 per week as you will need to get some prints made, either online or at Boots, Jessops etc.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £75.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £75.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.

Learning & method assessment

Learning methods include demonstration, practical work, photographing on location, discussion and question and answer sessions. Your tutor will ask you to complete informal assessment exercises and give you informal feedback.

As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement.