National Progression Award Photography

Art and Design
National Progression Award in Photography Level 4

The National Progression Award in Photography level 4 course builds on skills and knowledge developed in Art & Design and /or media studies and can be for the young person who has not done any art since S2.  There are benefits for the Advanced Higher-Grade candidate who can broaden their artistic experience by learning a skill which can be used to enhance their studies.

Background Information - history and processes

Photography has become a part of daily life with cameras built in to smart phones and technological developments. The course offers the opportunity to develop understanding of the history and process used in traditional as well as digital photography.

The Course Content

Candidates will follow a range of outcomes, each being aimed at expanding understanding of photography. There are 4 sections:-
• Understanding Photography
• Working with Photographs
• Photographing People
• Photographing Places


The course is internally assessed and pupils are expected to complete and achieve all course assessments At the end of the course the pupil should have a folio of photography.


Homework for the units is limited but candidates are sometimes asked to continue research and development work at home.

Other Information

The NPA in Photography course which candidates with heavier academic commitments might want to use the course as a way to relax and balance their timetable.


The unit may be used as a way to develop work for folio building for an art course which could lead to careers in photography, graphic design, jewellery, illustration, fashion, textile design, artist, animator, interior design, etc. It is also a way in which candiadtes who want to make a career in art teaching or primary teaching can gain experience of using a craft process which could be used with children.