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Qualification name BTEC National Diploma in Photography
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Learning method Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 4th September 2024
Cost £0.00
Cost description No
Attendance pattern Daytime

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Sixth Form Students age 16-18

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Photography. Alternatively grade 5 or above in GCSE English with strong IT skills and a portfolio of photographs (although having an Art or Photography GCSE could be beneficial so that you have an understanding of the creative process, it is not in any way essential).

View the key features of this course.

The qualification is designed to give learners a technical and creative understanding of Photography. Learners develop knowledge of studio and location photography and digital and traditional methods of photography through vocational projects. The qualification is for post 16 learners intending to gain employment in this sector, possibly after further study in Higher Education and will be studied over two years alongside additional qualifications. The National Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels and qualifies for UCAS points in the same manner as an A Level programme. The National Diploma in Photography provides opportunities for students to develop employability skills, with real-life client briefs and input from people and businesses working in the photographic sector. Students will learn transferable knowledge and skills that will prepare them for either progression to university or other higher study, as well as preparing them for Apprenticeships or a career in this industry. Skills developed include: cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology, research actively and methodically; intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation; interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development, independent learning, analytical skills, creative development.

Understand how the course will be delivered.

Designed to enable students to refine their knowledge of the photographic and design sector. To increase levels of independence and employability. Learners study a unit in Graphic Design, which complements their photographic study and gives breadth and commercial context to their practice. 8 mandatory units: students must complete and achieve a pass grade or above for all the units in Group A. Learners must complete all 4 mandatory internal units in Group B plus 1 optional unit from Group C

Find out what material you will need.

You will need a DSLR camera. (Financial support may be provided for students who are from low income backgrounds via the Sixth Form Bursary Fund). Advice on how to choose a camera for purchase will be given at the start of the course.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

There are 2 units that are assessed externally: a theme/brief will be set and students will have a period of time to prepare their response, culminating in a supervised time period where work will be submitted online. The other 7 units are assessed internally, according to specific grading criteria set by Edexcel and subject to moderation from an external BTEC moderator.

Job roles such as: trainee/assistant photographer, trainee/assistant staff photographer, trainee investigative/crime scene photographer, junior minilab printer, junior digital imaging technician, picture library worker. A significant proportion of recruitment in the creative sector is at graduate level. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to relevant Foundation Degree and BTEC Higher National courses.

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Name The Brakenhale School - Sixth Form
Address Brakenhale School
Rectory Lane
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 7BA
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Email sperryman@brakenhale.co.uk
Phone 01344 423041
Website https://brakenhale.co.uk/about/school-community/sixth-form/
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