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Pearson BTEC HNC in Art and Design (RQF) (Photography)

This exciting, new and dynamic full-time one year practical course offers students the opportunity to study contemporary photographic practice. Students gain experience and practical knowledge in contemporary industry practice using state of the art equipment whilst applying practical business practice to prepare them for work or to top up to the HND Photography.
1 Years
Level 4

Course Structure

Modules will include:

  • Mandatory Core Units:
  • Professional development
  • Contextual studies
  • Individual project
  • Techniques and Processes
  • Lighting for photography
  • Photographic practices

Optional Units will include:

  • Darkroom techniques
  • Communication in art and design
  • Visual narratives
  • Screen Based Practices 

You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, with a view to improve your employability prospects.


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Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy

GCSE Mathematics

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy


A minimum of 48 UCAS points including:

  • Two A Levels at A2 which must include a grade C pass or above  in an art/photography/media related subject OR
  • Level 3 National Diploma MP profile in art, media or photography related subject. OR
  • A Pass in a Foundation Diploma or Foundation Degree in Art and Design

International requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 6.0; (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Level 2, ESOL Level 2 or another qualification/s gained at an Institution within the UK).


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section 

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the HNC Photography course may provide you with the opportunity to complete a further year leading to the Level 5 HND in photography.

How will it make me more employable?

You will learn transferrable skills such as communication, organisational skills, problem solving, leadership and critical thinking which will help you to apply to relevant jobs within the photographic industry. "Impact Imaging”, the HN Photography Student Company, provides students with industrial experience, working with real clients.  It will enhance your employability and professional skills, in preparation for further study on a Photography Degree course or the workplace. 

Additional Costs

Students will be required to have their own DSLR camera and in addition be prepared to purchase the following materials in order to complete module assignments over the year:

Additional Materials and Equipment

  • Film rolls (£4-5 each)
  • Darkroom B&W printing paper (£40 per box of 100 sheets)
  • Digital printing (£2, A4 in house)
  • A3 workbooks for project work (£3-5)
  • Programme educational visits and trips (approximately £200)


The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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