Photography at Leicester College - UCAS

Leicester College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


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Course summary

If you have a keen visual eye and want to work in a creative career, you might want to consider photography. Our two-year course will help you develop the skills set behind the camera and use digital technology to produce your work. Our industry-standard facilities and expert teaching team will support you along the way. This multi-disciplinary course aims to provide a comprehensive study of photographic and related skills that meet the creative and commercial needs of the sector with an emphasis on developing freelance practice. Your expertise will be developed through technical instruction, client-led briefs, a grounding in relevant business skills, and practical assignments that are linked to current industrial and commercial expectations. At the culmination of the course, you will host a group exhibition of your work at a central location; you will be expected to source and negotiate a venue, organise the installation and host a private view. In previous years our photography students have won various national competitions including the MTV, Fujifilm, and Ilford Harman Student Photographer Awards. Former student, Tyrone Williams was the joint winner of the inaugural BBC4 Great British Photography Challenge, and we’ve also had students shortlisted for The Times Young Photographer of The Year and the Association of Photography awards. The HND Photography at Leicester College is a two-year, vibrant, industry-focused course delivered by highly qualified, experienced staff with the intention to prepare students to enter the world of professional photography. It offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional degree courses with the emphasis on preparing students to work in a commercial environment. This course takes place at St Margaret’s Campus, where our excellent photography facilities contain darkrooms, professional studios, and digital imaging suites that will allow you to explore and develop your photographic techniques and understanding. Learning takes place through lectures, workshops, live client briefs and via our online environments that you can access remotely to support your learning. The Student Adobe Creative Suite subscription and some photographic materials are included within the course fee. Creative Arts students can also benefit from having access to an extensive range of facilities within the area and opportunities to collaborate with other students across a range of creative arts pathways, further developing your employability and industry related skills. Successful completion of the first year will result in the achievement of the Higher National Certificate in Photography. This achievement will allow learner registration onto the Higher National Diploma in Photography. On successful completion of the Higher National Diploma (HND), you can progress to a BA (Hons) by studying your final year on our Professional Studies (Creative Industries) course, this programme aims to enhance your professional work-ready skills and commercial business knowledge for a successful career in the Creative Industries, Photographic or freelance industry.


Year 1 Units Unit 1: Professional Development Unit 2: Contextual Studies Unit 3: Individual Project Unit 4: Techniques and Processes Unit 10: Lighting for Photography Unit 11: Photographic Practices Unit 26: Darkroom Techniques Unit 31: Visual Narratives Year 2 Following completion of the first year (HNC) you can progress onto the HND where you will complete the following units: Unit 32: Professional Practice Unit 33: Applied Practice Collaborative Project Unit 38: Advanced Photography Studies Unit 67: Photojournalism Unit 69: Event Photography Unit 52: Moving Image

Assessment method

Units are assessed through the completion of either practical or written assignments that are set in a contemporary, work-related context. The final stages of the course involve the production of a body of work for an exhibition. Some units have specific themes and others are negotiable reflecting your individual strengths and career aspirations. All Assessment is summative and contributes to progression and achievement. Assignments are coursework-based and evidenced through the production of photographic and moving images, presentations and evaluative journals. Academic writing skills are assessed in the Contextual Studies unit. An assessment schedule is issued when the course commences. Upon successful completion, HND students are awarded either pass, merit, or distinction.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leicester College is not a Home Office Student Sponsor and does not accept applications from international students. We can only accept applications from students already resident in the UK. EU / EEA nationals resident in the UK must be able to demonstrate that they have gained either ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Other non-UK nationals (apart from Irish nationals) must demonstrate they have valid UK residency / leave to remain in the UK to be considered for admission. Right to study in the UK does not automatically confer Home fee status and you may be required to undertake a fee status assessment to confirm your eligibility for student funding.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience. You will need a portfolio of your work. Following receipt of this work, an interview by phone will be conducted.

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English language requirements

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required for non-native English speakers.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6165 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6165 Year 1
Scotland £6165 Year 1
Wales £6165 Year 1
EU £10700 Year 1
International £10700 Year 1

Additional fee information

Educational trips are not compulsory but encouraged as part of your experience. Previous students have paid up to £450 for an overseas trip. We will refund an external Adobe Creative Suite license and also supply you with the majority of your Photography Project Kit, however please expect to pay for additional or specialist printing and presentation.
Photography at Leicester College - UCAS