National Progression Award

Archive Projects (Below) for Home Learning. Thanks for continuing to access the Google Classroom for assignments/resources. 

(Update – 27 May)

We’ve settled into our new Google Classroom for new timetable NPA. See below a copy of the intro PowerPoint if you can’t download it from the classroom. Thanks, Mr W.

NPA INTRO PowerPoint

(Update – 15 May)

Thanks again to all our 2019/20 NPA Photography pupils.

You will see new invites to join the new NPA Photography classrooms for the change of timetable on Monday 18 May. If you’re able to respond to the invite, we are starting the new 2020/2021 session and hope to see your contributions to the tasks set.

(Update 20 March) Further to the communications on the Google classroom and group call – Deadlines apply to Higher only. Keep busy taking photos and contribute to the online classroom but you’ve all PASSED. Thanks, Mr W.

Continue to take photos and consider the two main categories of –

  • ‘Photographing People’
  • ‘Photographing Places’

Use the guidance in the Powerpoint below for suggested tasks. See instructions for making choices on your final photos and completing written evaluations for the ‘Working with Photographs’ section. This is very important to aim to complete in the next few weeks.

NPA Powerpoint 


The aim of the NPA course, offered in S5 and S6 by the Art and Design department, is to develop an understanding of photography in everyday use.

Behind the scenes shots as well as group Photoshop study on ‘The Last Supper’.

This involves working through some of the creative processes involved in photography and creative media. Students will acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of practical skills when working with photographs, and learn how to create images in two main categories – ‘People’ and ‘Places’. Students will also develop critical thinking skills and seek peer and tutor feedback.

The Art and Design department has been running the NPA for many years and students enjoy the projects and have fun collaborating on shoots on various themes.

  • S5 and S6 students will get six periods a week to plan, shoot and evaluate their work in outdoor and indoor locations, as well as learning post-production techniques using Adobe Photoshop.
  • The progression award is at a similar level to SQA National 5, and is graded on a pass/fail basis.
  • Highlights include the ‘Recreating Famous Paintings’ project and the ‘Horror Lighting’ shoot, where students get to include props and costumes!
  • The NPA gives students an opportunity to develop skills practised in the S3 elective, as well as preparing candidates for progression to Higher Photography in the Art and Design department and further studies at college and university.