Course Information

Digital DSLR Photography - Stage 1 - (The Cooper School)

QCKM236P

Subject area: Photography

Course Type: Part Time

Course Overview


This is a 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 a useful course to refresh their memory on certain techniques.


Course Content

The course aims to get learners to a level where they 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 and what is needed to create the perfect picture. You will then have the opportunity to explore the more creative side and open your photographer’s eye. There may be an opportunity for learners to print their work and have their portfolio reviewed. Please note that this comes as an additional expense. Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted visits and have a responsibility to ensure we meet/exceed their requirements. As a result of this you will find you will be expected to understand the government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values as well as complete quality monitoring paperwork as part of the course.

Please note there will be no class taking place on 23rd October 2018


Entry Requirements

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. There are no entry requirements for this course.

Enrolment numbers to our courses are reviewed regularly. To avoid disappointment it is advised to enrol early. Course viability decisions are made two weeks prior to the course start date. Any course changes are communicated via email so please ensure you check your email accounts running up to the course start date.

On the first week of the course you will be required to bring along one form of identification. This could be a passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please Note: Students should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2018.



Where Next?


By the end of this course learners will be able to understand how their camera works, the relationship between shutter speed, ISO and aperture, composition, focusing, white balance, image quality. Learners who have completed this course can progress to DSLR Photography Stage 2.


Fee Information

Trips and visits may be offered as part of your programme of study but these will be optional and fees will be collected throughout the duration of the course. Details of cost will be provided during the enrolment process if not already above.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page under the Info Centre link at the top of the screen.


  • Adult full fee

Course Details

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Days: Tuesday

Date: 25 Sep 2018 - 04 Dec 2018

Location: Cooper School Bicester

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Common Leys)

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk