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Terms and Conditions

Vocational Courses


These Vocational Courses take you through the process of learning professional photography from basics to the highest practising levels. They should not be confused with other full- or part-time courses offered through colleges or community centres. Your folio of evidence will consist of:


  1. Your responses to projects associated with the Tutorials, published on this website. These Tutorials can be described as a combination of a college lecture and a chapter of a book, taking you through aspects of photographic technique or practice. They contain 'hot links' to other useful and relevant websites, illustrating points made in the Tutorial. Students usually complete one Tutorial, with its associated project, each month. 
  2. Confirmation of your practical photographic performance, made by those you work with or work for, on custom-designed Report Sheets.
  3. Observations of you at work made by a member of staff, each of whom is a qualified assessor and a practising professional photographer,
  4. A folio of your work, either in digital or hard copy format.


Course Tutorials are published in PDF format and are exclusive to this site - copyright PPTutor-Online, with access restricted to registered students. Students are given a password to unlock the course materials but registered students currently without internet access will receive them as hard copy. 

Each Tutorial covers one aspect of the process of conceiving, making and presenting photography. Much thought has been given to the content of the Tutorials, which can be regarded as an amalgam of a college lecture and a chapter of a text book, though each is more practical than either of those.

The Tutorials consist not only of the 'theory' of those aspects, but also of the collected experiences of the Tutorial Team, each member of which is a practising professional photographer. Hot links to other relevant websites (the online equivalent of a lecturer recommending further study through published work in the college library) help make every Tutorial a complete learning experience for students. A project, designed to encourage the student to demonstrate his or her grasp of the tutorial subject, completes the package, which is reinforced by online assessment of the work with individual feedback to recommend improvements and future action.

Assessment Weightings 

Weightings mean that if for instance 'practical skills and techniques' carries a 40% weighting, whilst 'presentation and written communication' carries only 20%, the former is valued at twice the latter when assessments are made. Often, not all of the four categories carry weightings; if a project is purely research, for instance, then the first two categories would be irrelevant, and so would remain unused.


Every attempt is made to design each Tutorial as a complete learning experience, but one which does not exist in isolation, so that there is an interrelationship between the subjects of many tutorials.

Initially, tutorials will have a common template, containing information, a practical project or task, underpinning knowledge content and a requirement for research. The results of these tutorial elements should be submitted during the week prior to the deadline date. 

The purpose of your submitting words and pictures in response to Tutorial Requirements include:

  1. To provide evidence that you have understood the content of the Tutorial, 
  2. To demonstrate that you can apply the concepts and techniques discussed in the Tutorial to work in your area of interest, 
  3. To make interesting, usable and relevant photographs for your folio which ideally incorporate concepts and techniques discussed in that, and previous Tutorials. 

In making and submitting those pictures, you will have carried out tests and exercises. For instance, in Tutorial 1 you are asked to demonstrate your understanding of the control of depth of field and image movement. Just about everyone will have photographed 3 apples, eggs, clothes-pegs on a washing line, or even garden gnomes, at (say) f4, f8 and f16, showing the various depths obtained. Please keep those ‘comparative sets’ in your workbook; don’t send them in as part of your Tutorial response. Instead, use those principles and techniques to make new, unique and exciting pictures of the most professional quality you’re capable of, which should, at that time, deserve a place in your folio. 

Assessment Categories

Project work will be assessed according to the weightings given with each project briefing. There are four assessment categories:

  • Practical skills and techniques: Practical photographic skills in terms of the use of equipment, materials and subsequent chemical or digital processing.

  • Aesthetics and visual communication: The design of he photograph and its visual qualities

  • Presentation and written communication: How the work is presented and the quality of the written work.

  • Professionalism: The professional approach, organisation and completion of the work to brief and deadline.