Higher Photography

Higher Photography study resources

Pupils should continue to access SQA documents for study materials using the following link: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47896.html

Students should look through the following:

  • RESOURCES>  Understanding Standards> Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries.
  • RESOURCES>  Photography Resources>  Video links on Exposure, Shutter Speed, Aperture etc.
  • ASSESSMENT> Coursework.
  • ASSESSMENT>  Specimen question paper.
  • ASSESSMENT> Past papers and marking instructions.


The Higher Photography course, delivered by the Art and Design department, is designed to inspire and challenge students.

Candidates are required to represent their personal thoughts visually through the medium of photography. Using an integrated approach to learning, students plan, develop and produce imaginative photographs. They also develop their appreciation of photographic work and practice.

  • The skills that students acquire are valuable for learning, life and work.
  • Higher Photography allows students to broaden and deepen their skills base, and to widen their choice of possible future vocations.
  • The course provides opportunities for vertical and lateral progression to further education and to other SQA qualifications in Photography and other related subjects.
  • Students use creative and technical problem-solving skills, and are required to reflect critically on their own work and that of others.
  • The learning experiences in the course are flexible and adaptable, with opportunities for personalisation and choice.
  • In the examples above, you can see examples of students’ work, showcasing the range of themes they chose to express their ideas. Many aspects of photography are explored, including portraiture, landscape and still life. Students often include their friends and family in a wide range of shooting scenarios and styles.