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Advanced Apprenticeship in Photo Imaging (Photographer) at RAF Apprenticeships

Course description

An apprenticeship in the RAF offers you the chance to gain a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging and unique career. Not only will you gain a civilian recognised professional qualification, but upon completion you’ll also have a guaranteed job in your chosen field.

We offer all kinds of apprenticeships in a broad and diverse range of careers including aviation operations, engineering, hospitality & catering and IT. You’ll receive the very best training and accelerated pay, and as well as getting paid to learn, you’ll get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform an important role in the RAF.

If you have the drive and ambition, we can offer you a unique and rewarding career. To gain an apprenticeship in the RAF you still need to meet all of the entry requirements for whichever role it is for and get through all stages of the application process. You will gain the apprenticeship as part of your phase two (trade) training.

Having a strong photographic portfolio demonstrates that you can take a good picture. This is also true when you gain an apprenticeship in photography. However, the Advanced Apprenticeship has the added value of making prospective employers aware that you can additionally articulate yourself, either verbally, in writing, or through IT skills to a nationally recognised level.

Course content

  • Level 3 Diploma in Photo Imaging Competence
  • Level 3 Certificate in Photo Image Capture and Presentation (Technical Certificate)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Further information

“It’s great having good and experienced instructors who clearly understand Defence photographic requirements”. DSOP Learner.

“The quality of work-based learning is good in visual and performing arts and media”Ofsted Inspection Report.

“The resources are state of the art and of an exceptionally high quality”. DSOP Learner.

“Motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic staff”. DSOP management.

“Achievement and retention rates are outstanding”. Ofsted Inspection Report.

“Excellent evaluation and examination process, which helps to promote the learning experience”.DSOP member of staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact RAF Apprenticeships directly.

Last updated date: 05 August 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 18 months


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    • RAF High Wycombe, situated at Naphill in Buckinghamshire, is the home of the Royal Air Force’s HQ Air Command. It was formed on 1 April 2007, when the RAF’s Personnel and Training Command and Strike Command merged. The creation of a single Command, with a single fully integrated Headquarters, will better equip the RAF to provide a coherent and coordinated single Air focus to the other Services, MOD Head Office, the Permanent Joint Headquarters and the rest of MOD.