Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Photography

Our Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Photography provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the photography sector.

BTEC Level 4 HNC Diplomas provide a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress into higher education.

** Please note, fees for 2018-2020 still TBC **

Course Content

The HNC is a unitised course that is structured around a series of projects. These will include visual communication and ideas generation techniques alongside a range of photography and studio techniques, including the use of moving image.

Context will also be a key aspect of this qualification where you will study cultural history that informs current thought and debate within art, craft and design. The emphasis will be on research and study skills where you will acquire source material and knowledge.

You will develop your knowledge of visual language through the evaluation of the work of other artists, craft workers and designers, and interpret the meanings and messages from particular art and design movements and also in the work of individual artists, craft workers and designers in and outside the world of photography.

You will experiment with a range of traditional and non-traditional materials and processes including digital image processing, and you will begin to understand the theoretical and practical knowledge of historical and contemporary ideas in your own work. Your projects will also have a professional context, and will allow you to present and promote a portfolio of work to professional standards.

Entry Requirements

Tutor approval is required for this course. Entry is by interview and a portfolio of work which demonstrates an ability to progress to a Level 4 or Level 5 qualification.

If you have recently been in education, we would ideally also like you to have obtained one of the following:

- A Foundation Art & Design Diploma
- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in photography
- GCE Advanced Level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.

This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C, other related Level 3 qualifications, an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution or related work experience.

If you are a mature learner you may present a more varied profile of achievement that might include work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications.

We may ask you to attend an English and Maths screening test prior to being accepted onto the course. This is to make sure you will be able to understand the course materials and participate fully in the taught lessons.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is essential to ensure that you keep up with coursework and are in frequent contact with your tutors..

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed through a range of methods including written essays or reports, presentations, portfolio and sketch book work. There are deadlines for assignments throughout the course which you will need to meet to continue and gain the qualification.

Further Study Options

You could progress onto an undergraduate degree in the first or second year depending on the institution and your portfolio. There are also opportunities to progress into employment.

Additional Information

You will be required to pay for materials that you use from the college. Details will be given out at the first class and prices will be dependent on materials used and size of work. There is no storage on site for materials unless they are purchased from the college.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email