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Photography Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This practical cutting-edge course has been designed to look to the future of the creative industries. It will enable you to build not only your creative skills but also help you to understand how to sell your creative work and promote yourself. This course is a one year full time course and offers an exciting blend of photography, design and interactive technology. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to shoot professional photography for a variety of uses, create expert websites and design digital content for the future.

If you enjoy being creative, taking photographs, recording audio and general design then this could be the course for you

Course content

Throughout the course you will build and create a portfolio of made up of approximately 30% written and contextual work and 70% practical. You will be expected to work independently on project work away from the college.

Where necessary you will be required to study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade C. (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4 in both Maths and English).

Course content

What will I learn? The qualification is made up of eight units, which students must successfully complete. All units relate to the creative media sector and include visual, audio and interactive production, most of which have a photography slant, these are delivered through a variety of practical projects.

Students are assessed via a ‘Final Major Project’ which takes place at the end of the course when they are at their best. This large project allows students to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place through completion of the other units. This unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and determines the overall qualification grade. This final project allows learners to show off their photographic skills and take part in an exhibition.

Why study this course at The Sheffield College?

You will learn from highly qualified and experienced staff with a range of academic and professional media experience. The course will be based in the new building at Hillsborough College. You will have access to purpose built facilities including photography studios, video and audio suites and professional production equipment.

Qualification title

UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English Language

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course including good attendance, punctuality and tutor recommendation, will lead to one of our Creative Media level 3 courses or Photography courses as well as appropriate courses within the college. Future employment opportunities could include working as an apprentice on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Production. There is a £25 studio fee that will enable you access to all of the necessary materials for the full year. Course enrichment activities can include trips, visits and sessions with guest speakers to help broaden your studies whilst on the course. You may be entitled to help from the college’s learning support fund with the costs of trips and anything else you need to buy for your course.


Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

Thursday 25th October 2018 4pm -7pm

Wednesday 21st November 2018 4pm-7pm

Tuesday 29th January 2019 4pm-7pm

Monday 4th March 2019 4pm-7pm


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: HFFSM1