Photography HNC @ SCQF Level 7


The National Certificate in Photography course includes the SQA National Certificate (NC) in Photography at SCQF level 6. Applicants should have some degree of aptitude for, and 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 and location photography using digital, film and traditional media. 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.

On successful completion of this course progression routes are available to HN study.




  • Full Time.
  • 2/3 days per week.
  • Independent and offsite 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 include English and Art/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 will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Please remember that you are required to bring a portfolio of work with you to your information and interview session. This can be a digital copy or prints. Please be prepared to discuss why and how you produced the creative work in your folio.

Reviewing your portfolio will help our specialist staff to give you the best advice on which level of study and course is right for you at this time.

Online interviews via Teams can be arranged if required.

Applicants who do not bring their portfolio will be asked to reschedule their appointment.


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 areas: 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 can be practical and written.


Students may apply to progress to HND Photography or University.


Career Prospects

Successful students may wish to follow social, commercial, digital imaging, picture research, curating, academic, fine art practice or freelance careers.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

  • Engage with industry speakers
  • Take part in a range of relevant workshops
  • Develop technical skills
  • Exhibition visits
  • Location photography
  • Studio and darkroom facilities
  • Be taught by photographers with industry experience
  • Develop skills for employment
  • Exhibit your work