Course Code
Course Title
Level 5
30 weeks
Entry Requirements
You will need a level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and 4 GCSE A*-C, including English and maths at grade C or above.
Start Date
Days and Times
16-18 £5,500.00
19-23 £5,500.00
24+ £5,500.00

Entry Requirements

Typically 64 UCAS Points or equivalent and Level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics.

You will need a level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and 4 GCSE A*-C, including English and maths at grade C or above.

Applications can be made directly to the College or via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting:

Institution Code: C27 Course Code: W640

Course Description

You will hone your skills as a photographer by using camera controls, for a wide range of different circumstances. These range from low light, long exposure, through to high-end fashion and portrait. You will learn how to adopt a continually growing skill set to the surroundings that we face as photographers. You will also learn how to work in employment as a photographer and will include how to market yourself, how to fulfil briefs, and how to take your expanding photographic skillset and apply it to a range of different industry requirements. You will demonstrate and develop both studio and location skills.

Who is the course suitable for?

If you are interested or passionate about photography and want to develop skills that will enhance your photography and direct you within industry perspectives, then yes.

Course content

A strong developmental element that takes your photographic skills forward in a way that is personal to each student. There are also opportunities to work with the strong industry links that we have, in order to gain work experience, and further your skills and portfolio. There are also trips and days out where the students can bond and interact as well as use the opportunity to shoot for your various projects. We have strong links with industry including BBC 3 Counties radio. I like the independence and the freedom to do my own thing, I also think that the support and constructive criticism has allowed my work to move forward and definitely look better. we get a good chance to learn new techniques and cover a range of elements within photography like fashion, long exposure, etc. The course is run by an award-winning and working photographer who keeps on top of contemporary trends and passes this insight on to the students.

Development of Maths and English

You will build on a range of study and vocational skills including English and Mathematics and ICT during the course.

Employability Skills Development

The purpose of the course is to ensure the development of skills and knowledge to ensure employability in a wide range of business environments.

How will the course be taught?

Through hands-on, practical sessions exploring further the use of camera functions, and shooting methods and through continual feedback and direction to take images from good to great. At this level there is a real emphasis is on the industry within each unit and you will have networking opportunities to enhance your learning by working with employers that we have good relationships with including BBC 3 Counties Radio. Your skills will be used when on location and for studio shoots. You will work to live briefs from real clients and hone your skills through a wide range of projects.

How will I know how well I am doing?

A wide variety of assessment methods are used on the course including assignments, group work, presentations, projects and examinations.

Through a range of on-going feedback techniques to enhance and reflect upon skill base. These include regular 1-1 feedback sessions to assess the work and determine a route personal to you, that will aid development. Assessment will take place both as an on-going process, as well as a formative review at the end of each unit/brief.

Are there any additional costs?

There are very few additional course costs for learners beyond the fee. You will need basic stationery, and a good USB stick and a scientific calculator are useful. We have an excellent library and good IT facilities at college, so if you don't have access to the internet at home, you can complete your work in college or at the University.

Students do not have to provide their own camera, but as the course develops students usually wish to purchase their own DSLR camera, and it is common that students enhance their work with additional costumes and props and trips will require student contributions. There will also be costs involved for excursions and an overseas residential trip

What course can I do next?

Progression from the HNC is into the second year HND in Photography. The final top-up year can be completed at a university. A career in the Photographic industry may also start after completion of the Level three course.

Where can I get further support/advice?

Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website:

How do I join the course?

Apply through our website: You will be invited to a telephone or face to face interview and given advice about the UCAS application process.

Course Fees

The course is eligible for Student Finance loans to cover fees and maintenance.

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