Photography @ SCQF Level 6

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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.

This is a blended course which integrates online and face to face delivery. The course does have a completely online pathway for those who are not able to attend college. Please ensure you discuss this option at your interview if you know you cannot physically attend the college as there will be additional requirements/resources you will need prior to the course start date.

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 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

You will need your own suitable equipment in order to complete this course of study via the online pathway, to include:

  • DSLR camera
  • A computer with internet access and a minimum speed of 5MB
  • Tripod
  • Flash
  • Lens
  • You will additionally need a 35mm SLR Camera and access to a simple darkroom set up (your subject tutor can advise your regarding this at interview). Blended learners will use college facilities.

Examples of Creative Work
You will need to submit your examples of creative work prior to your interview. 
Please email with images of your work, a website or Instagram link. 
If you have any technical difficulties, please let us know. 
You can show us work via your webcam during your Teams interview but please let us know in advance if this is how you plan to show your full portfolio. 

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 examples of your photographic work with you to your information and interview session. 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 bring 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 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 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

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