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NCFE Photography Level 2 Certificate

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Woodley Hill House,
Eastcourt Avenue,
Reading, RG6 1HH

New and returning learners:

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This qualification will develop your photographic practice and also aims to support your progress either into employment or onto further qualifications.

This delivery of the QCF qualification is designed for adult learners aged 18 to 80+ Ideal for people who wish to develop their understanding of modern digital photographic processes and the photo-imaging industry. This qualification will develop your photographic practice and also aims to support your progress either into employment or onto further qualifications.



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What I'll learn

This practical course will help you to understand and develop the skills needed to safely take and manipulate images using a range of equipment, techniques and post processing. Current versions of Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom Classic industry standard software will be available to be used in class.

The course will enable learners to gain and extend both technical and creative skills in photography. Learners will research current and historical photographers' work and there will be detailed practical learning around both location and studio-based image making. You will also gain a basic understanding of the legislation relevant to photographic practice, including copyright, and photographers’ rights.

This delivery consists of 3 units, 2 mandatory core units:

  • Explore photographic equipment, techniques, materials and resources
  • Develop and adapt photographic ideas

And one unit chosen from the following optional units:

  • Studio photography
  • Location photography


How I'll learn

You will attend weekly sessions, working through a series of practical tasks and techniques, building on each new skill. You will create a broad portfolio of work, some of which is submitted halfway through (for formative assessment) and again for your final assessment. There is no formal examination, but you will have small amounts of homework to complete throughout the course and will use this along with visual evidence to develop a paper-based portfolio of evidence to accompany your images.

Studio-based teaching, lectures, offsite and gallery visits, demonstrations, workshops, critiques, tutorials and independent learning through set assignment briefs and tasks.


Tutor – John Rae

John has over 40 years of experience in the photographic industry and in teaching. He has an MA in Photography (University of West London) and a PG Cert in Creative Direction (Central St Martins, London). He is an Adobe Certified Expert in both Photoshop and Lightroom and in addition to teaching part time has a successful photography business working primarily with fashion and product photography.

He has a wealth of knowledge and skills gained from his many years of experience and is dedicated to sharing this with a new generation of digital photographers.


Entry Requirements

This course is suited to those who have completed a level 1 photography course (or similar) or can provide a portfolio of good standard photographs for review. You will need an interchangeable lens camera, either mirrorless or DSLR.


How to Apply


You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

Register your contact details online and verify your account
Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course
Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.