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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Photography

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

This course enables the learner to develop an understanding of photographic processes and photo imaging. Progression onto a Level 3 Photography programme is possible upon successful completion of the Level 2 programme.

Overview of the course: 

The course is delivered 1-2 evenings per week. Learners will study a total of 120 hours and three units to gain a total of 16 credits. Practical and theoretical tasks will be covered in sessions and will lead to projects enabling learners to explore taking and manipulating images. Use of the college's VLE (Moodle 2) will allow learners to revisit work and communicate with the tutor and peers.

Entry requirements: 

3 GCSEs with grades 3 or above (including Maths and English) Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


The core units cover - exploring equipment and techniques, developing ideas and discovering the photo imaging industry. The optional units focus on studio / location / commercial / documentary and experimental photography as well as presentation of a portfolio of work. You will take two core units and one optional unit to gain the 16 credits necessary to successfully complete this course.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will create a portfolio of evidence which will be assessed internally by your tutor before being approved by an External Moderator from NCFE. The Moderator will make two visits during the course.

Further study options after this course: 

Upon successful completion of this programme you can progress onto the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Photography. From the Level 2 qualification you will be able to apply for a place on the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) qualification.

Length of the course: 

This is a year-long, part-time course. The course is taught on Tuesday evenings from 17:30-20:30.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

This course starts on the 10/09/2019 until the 19/05/2020.

More important information about this course:


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2019 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Sep 2019 19:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

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