Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in the photographic industry. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to photography, from studio and location to all aspects of post-production and industrial application. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of educational visits to photographic exhibitions and contribute professionally designed project work within an end of programme college exhibition.

Who is this programme for?

The course is designed for 16- 18 year old students who are interested in pursuing a career in the photography industry. The course provides students with support for commercial and art practices.


Students are expected to supply their own 35mm analogue camera, film and paper (dark room and digital). An equipment list will be provided at the start of each year. Studio equipment such as: lighting, DSLR, medium format film camera and printers are provided within class time.

Start as a college student, finish as a graduate

After successfully completing this course you also benefit from the chance to stay with us at University Centre Farnborough. This gives you a path to graduating with a degree or higher education course without the costs of moving away, all while studying in a familiar and supportive environment.

Higher education courses you may be interested in studying with us after your School Leavers course:

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

All units are delivered by subject specific lecturers including practical demonstration sessions, lectures, group activities and individual development which will form the structure for each unit of work.

What modules are covered?

  • Studio photography
  • Location techniques
  • Digital imaging and post-production
  • Professional development
  • Art and commercial practices
  • Contextual studies
  • Experimental techniques
  • Presentation and display methods
  • Analogue photographic processes

How will I be assessed?

You are continually assessed through the set assignment briefs and unit task, all units can be achieved at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade

What training will be provided?

You will be introduced to a range of specialist studio and location techniques, camera functions, post production, presentation methods, analogue dark room methods, contextual references, digital imaging and workflow, experimental techniques and Photoshop. Throughout the two years you will complete 18 modules in total including a professional portfolio and completion of a final major project in the second year.

View a range of creative work

Visit www.farn-ct.ac.uk/portfolios to see examples of students' work across all of our creative subjects. 

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What Next?

Successful completion of the course enables you to progress to the BA (Hons) in Photography at University Centre Farnborough or entry into the workplace.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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I originally did a year of A Levels and it didn’t agree with me. I decided to focus on just one subject and I’m doing so much better.

In the course we use the dark room and photography studio. The lecturers are really supportive and understanding of our needs. It’s definitely made me want to look into a career in photography after I leave.

For my final project I focussed on the colour yellow with a surrealism theme. All of the work I’ve done has been bright and colourful but I’ve done a couple of projects using the darkroom to push myself and see if it’s something that I can do and it’s given me a wider knowledge.

The course is good because it’s mainly coursework. You don’t have to cram lots of information in at the end of the year, you do projects throughout the year and the knowledge you gain helps you for the next project.


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