Photography (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6


Applicants should have a genuine interest in photography that can be nurtured and developed over the course of the programme. This course is suitable for school leavers or individuals wanting to re-skill, re-train, widen or enhance their current skills. 

The programme provides a broad foundation of photographic skills and experiences relating to studio, location, digital, film and traditional photography. The programme also develops experience of co-operative working, presentation, exhibition, and self-promotion skills that can provide initial entry to employment within the photo-imaging sector or enhance current skills in the workplace.

Course code






  • Full Time. 
  • 2/3 days per week.  
  • Independent study time is also required.

Entry Requirements

  • Examples of creative work  
  • Successful interview 
  • 3 National 5 awards at C or 3 intermediate 2 awards or Foundation Studies in Creative Industries or equivalent (qualifications ideally to include English and Art/Photography/Graphics) 
  • Entry is possible for mature students without the stated academic qualifications depending on their prior knowledge and experience.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application, you may be asked to attend an interview. This may be face to face, phone, or Microsoft Teams. You must confirm your attendance. Your interview will last no more than 20mins and it is imperative you arrive on time, or you may be asked to reschedule. 


A maximum of 15 images and a variety of work is recommended. Please be prepared to discuss why and how you produced your photographic work.  

Applicants who do not send photographic work will be asked to reschedule their appointment. 

You may be asked to complete skills task as part of your interview.

Course Content

You will undertake a range of integrated projects developing skills in traditional photography and image editing software.  

Subjects studied will include the following: Camera Techniques, Lighting, Studio Photography, Portraiture, Location Photography, Analogue Processes, Digital Imaging, Creative Manipulation, Image Manipulation and File Optimisation. The course content is subject to change.  

Essential skills for employment or progression to further study will be developed including ICT, Communication, Digital Skills, Numeracy, Problem solving, Working with others, Time management and Diligence.


Assessments will be practical and written.


On successful completion of the NC Photography students may apply to progress to HNC Photography.

Career Prospects

The course is designed to provide an option for further study in Photography, which could then lead to employment in a range of photographic careers including self-employment or photographic roles such as advertising, corporate, fashion, press, editorial etc.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.
(01387) 734000

Selling Points


  • Take part in a range of relevant workshops
  • Develop technical and digital skills
  • Location photography
  • Develop skills for employment
  • Studio and darkroom facilities
  • Be taught by photographers with industry experience
  • Improve your employability