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Course summary

The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the area of photography. You will learn about the various applications of photography, such as fashion, advertising and landscapes, using both film and digital platforms. You will research and discuss the work of key photographers and learn how to analyse their technique and style as well as developing your own photographic skills. Timetables of study and assessment calendars will be available in course handbooks, provided following enrolment. HND Photography students typically partake in classroom-based work two days a week. Class groups are expected to contain around 10-12 students, mixed of those studying both the HNC and HND in Photography. The HND is recognised by employers as well as providing a pathway for progression to degree level. Students are required to have a DSLR camera and an external hard drive. Course staff can provide further information and recommendations regarding specific purchases during interview. The course includes trips which students will be expected to make a financial contribution towards. Students will be required to meet the costs of printing and hanging their own work for exhibitions.


Year 1 •Professional Development •Contextual Studies •Individual Project •Techniques and Processes •Lighting for Photography •Photographic Practices •Darkroom Photography •Visual Narratives Year 2 •Professional Practice •Applied practice - Collaborative Project •Advanced Photography Studies •Advanced Art Practice Studies •Art Direction

Assessment method

Assessment will be through a carefully selected mix of assignments and portfolio reviews. A selection of units on the course will be assessed through student presentations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Wirral Met College does not currently hold a Tier 4 licence to sponsor applicants who need a student visa to allow them to study in the UK, we are therefore only able to proceed with applications from those with current status which allows study.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry is open to students with relevant qualifications, detailed below. Students who do not satisfy the entry criteria may be eligible by virtue of their motivation and relevant experience. Learners who enter with at least one of the following are likely to benefit more readily from an art and design programme: a BTEC National in an art and design subject, appropriate supporting passes (C/4 and above) at GCSE and appropriate work experience. Applicants are required to present a portfolio of their work and will be interviewed before being accepted onto the course. If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6540 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6540 Year 1
Scotland £6540 Year 1
Wales £6540 Year 1

Additional fee information

Course fees are subject to change.
Photography at Wirral Metropolitan College - UCAS