Level 4 HNC/D in Photography – September 2022

Start Date: 27 September 2022
Funding information: Student Finance HE Loan available, course costs apply.
Duration: 2 years
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

The aim of this new programme is to equip those who are looking to enter the profession of editorial photography with the knowledge and skills required. Year 1 (HNC) focuses on the on the principles, skills and technology of modern editorial photographic practice. Year 2 (HND) aims to produce career-minded individuals that can enter the editorial sector.

The BTEC qualification is designed to meet professional standards, recognised by employers and universities, which develop not only academic skills and abilities, but work readiness skills. Industry practice is at the core of our course and you will be encouraged to shoot and submit work regularly to editorial media outlets for publication.

As a student with us you will become student affiliates of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). The RPS exists to increase knowledge and understanding of photography and to promote the highest standards of achievement; providing significant resources and opportunities for members to develop their creative practice.

Course Content

Throughout the programme you will investigate and practise key areas of editorial photography covering a range of units including:

  • Photographic Practices
  • Lighting for Photography
  • Techniques & Processes
  • Contextual Studies
  • Visual Narratives
  • Individual Project
  • Professional Development

Through a combination of these specialist units, learners will develop essential skills to help their professional practice in areas of:

  • Photo-journalism
  • Press
  • Fashion
  • Lifestyle
  • Advertising
  • Studio and Location Photography

The second year of study builds on skills and knowledge previously developed to create contextually and culturally aware graduates capable of combining the theoretic and practical knowledge necessary to equip them with relevant business management and employability skills.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Level 3 qualification, English and maths GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or Level 2 equivalent). Mature students with relevant industry experience will also be considered.

Assessment Methods

  • Presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Portfolio
  • Personal projects


After successful completion of the HNC (Year 1) , you can ‘top up’ to a HND qualification with another year of study (Year 2). Progression to a full honours degree is available with a third year of study at a university.


6995.00 incl VAT


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