Art & Design
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

What will you learn on the course?

On the course, you will explore in detail various photographic techniques and processes, and will build up a portfolio of images and research materials to showcase your development.

Areas of study include:

  • Digital camera techniques
  • dark room techniques
  • studio
  • location
  • commercial
  • documentary
  • experimental and alternative processes.

Who is this course for? The course is primarily aimed at 16-18 year old learners with an interest in working in the photographic industries. This course is for you if you are interested in developing an understanding of photographic processes and the photo imaging industry.

Facilities and Support You will learn in dedicated classrooms, photography studios and a fully equipped darkroom, using industry standard photographic software and equipment.

All learners will participate in field trips to galleries and exterior locations, and complete a 1 week work experience placement as part of their Study Programme.

Entry Requirements

2-4 GCSEs grade A*-D (including English. Art and/or Media GCSE would be a bonus); or functional or key skills awards at Level 1; or Foundation Learning Level 1 Certificate or Award; or BTEC/UAL Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design/Media; or pre-access level 1 qualification; or NVQ 1 or equivalent.

Successful completion of internal assessment is also required. Students without Level 1 functional skills / key skills will be offered the opportunity to achieve prior to progressing onto a vocational Level 2 programme. By exception, students assessed at Entry Level 3 literacy may be accepted subject to the provision of additional support following interview and will be expected to achieve Level 2 in English and maths by the end of the programme.

Examples of your own photographic work should be available during interview.

Assessment Method

The NCFE Level 2 Extended Certificate and Diploma in Photography is assessed based on the production of portfolio work. This is internally assessed by your teachers, and verified by an External Moderator from the examining board.

Progression Opportunities

You will develop a portfolio of work to help you gain employment in the future, or to progress onto related Level 3 courses.

The objectives of the course is to support learners to progress into employment in the industry or onto further qualifications at Level 3 in creative subjects including photography, art and design, craft, animation and moving image production.

Study Methods

The course is a full time, practical programme of study.

You will attend classes 3-4 days per week, and will also be expected to work on practical work outside of scheduled classtimes. Classes will be scheduled at various times between 9am and 5pm.

As part of their overall Study Programme, students will also be required to attend FS/GCSE English and/or Maths classes if they have yet to achieve a GCSE Grade C in either subject.


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