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Photography BTEC HNC

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Photography HNC (Full time)

The Pearson BTEC HNC Photography course aims to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of clients and employers in the Photography sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance career prospects.

Higher Education at Tresham is taught by Art & Design specialist practitioners, with extensive vocational and academic experience. Flexibility of the full and part time courses allow students to manage work and family commitments alongside study requirements. In addition, competitive course fees and additional supporting bursaries enable more accessible learning.

Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


  1. Portfolio of photographic work
  2. A written artist statement (details prior to interview)
  3. Good command of written and spoken English (qualifying ESOL study students welcome)


  •  Broader understanding and awareness of photographic practices (desirable)
What qualification will I gain?

Photography (Level 4) BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC).

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment though-out the year with two graded summative assessments of practical and written evidence and three ungraded formative assessments.

Group and 1 to 1 tutorials support assessment and student development, throughout the year.

Course content

What will I study?

HNC (Level 4) YEAR 1

Module A: Process & Practice

  • Unit A1: Concept & Development (85 Credits)
  • Unit A2: Creative Project (35 Credits)

Next steps

Course progression: HND Photography at Tresham College & University Centre and then UoN BA Hons Photography Top Up at Tresham or Northampton.  Leading to Master Degree and PHD.

A wide range of specialist degree courses within the Photography umbrella.

Career progression:

Employed / Freelance Professional Photographer within the Creative Industries.

Specific career progression can range from Wedding Photography and Lifestyle to Advertising and Editorial, Medical, Marine and Interior Photography.

Additional information

It is expected that students will have digital SLR or Mirrorless cameras and / or analogue film cameras. Trips are planned throughout the year and these are dependent on availability of relevant exhibitions. There are usually four gallery visits a year. It is suggested that students should budget £20 for college coach trips and additional funding for independent travel.

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Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 23/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Day(s): MON&THU
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Bedford College Photography HNC
Art & Design


I studied an Art & Design course at Level 2 five years ago at a different college. I love art, but was keen to learn more about photography, which this particular course unfortunately didn’t cover in any great depth. I have a 12-year-old daughter and have been waiting for the right time to study again. I bought my own camera three years ago and enrolled on to the part-time HNC Photography course last autumn.

I chose The Bedford College Group because it is definitely the best around for Photography. The course is one day per week, but I always come back in for a second day so that I can benefit from tutor support.

It was scary getting back into education at first, but it’s definitely worth it and I have so much more confidence.

I’ve learnt different techniques on the camera I didn’t know about before, and also how to use Photoshop. We’ve been on trips to the Tate Modern and to a photography show. We also went to London last week to do some street photography, which I love.

My current project is based on narrative photography, where a photo tells a story but there is no wrong or right. I have produced three photos on the theme ‘what happens after happily ever after?’ One is happy, one is independent and strong and one is sad.

At home I like to photograph friends with their babies and do pregnancy shoots too. The area I want to get into when I finish the HNC is wedding photography. I’ve already done one wedding for a friend and have another coming up, which I’m really looking forward to.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

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Additional formats

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