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Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Photography & Digital Media (C00363-171901)

This course is part of our 2017/2019 curriculum offer.

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Course Overview:

The 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 and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units.

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.

How to Apply - Tutor Approval

Please complete the online Application form and book your interview by clicking Apply Now at the top of this page. If no interview slots are available at the time of your application we will be in touch to arrange an interview date.

To be accepted on the course you must complete the following steps:

  1. Maths and English Assessments: This MUST be done prior to your interview and takes about 1hour, you can come and do this at any time during opening times.
  2. Evidence of skills: You may be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task
  3. Interview: The Tutor interview is to ensure that this is the right course for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved in completing the course

On completition of your interview and meeting the other criteria laid out in the application process, successful applicants will be offered a place on to the course.

How to Enrol:

Select Apply now at the top of this page and someone will contact you to book an interview slot.

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 qualificaons.

You will also need to attend an English & 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.

Maths and English Assessments

Before your tutor interview you are also requested to take an online assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed.

To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to college to take the assessment.

Course Content:

The HNC is a unitized 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.

Assessment Methods:

The course is assessed through a range of assessment 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.

Additional Information:

On your course there will be an additional fee for your materials, the majority of which will be available to purchase at the college. The estimated cost of your materials will be approximately £100 a year although this will vary depending on the kind of work and the amount of work you will produce.

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

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.


Regular attendance is required.

Further Study and Career Opportunities:

You could progress onto a Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Photography course, or a degree level in the second or first year depending on the institution and your portfolio. There are also opportunities to progress into employment.

For further information on career opportunities take a look at the Skilled Crafts or Sport and Culturesectors on the National Career Service website.

Information Advice and Guidance:

If you are looking for assistance on a new career path, course choice or looking for further opportunities then speak to our Information Advice and Guidance team.


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