NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Photography

This OFQUAL regulated qualification is aimed at individuals wishing to develop an understanding of photographic processes and the photo imaging industry. The qualification allows learners to understand and develop skills enabling them to take and manipulate images using a range of equipment, techniques and image processing software.

Learners will learn the basics of safe working practices and have the opportunity to explore in detail the following areas of photography: dark room, studio, location, commercial, documentary and experimental and alternative processes

Aims of the Course

These are to:

  • Enable learners to gain knowledge and understanding of the different roles and employment opportunities available within the photo imaging industry
  • Provide basic understanding of the legislation relevant to photographic practice, including copyright, intellectual property and photographers rights
  • Prepare learners for progression into employment, self-employment or further learning
  • Provide understanding of photographic techniques and the photo imaging sector
  • Support learners to progress into employment in creative industries including photography, art and design, craft, animation and moving image production


This qualification consists of 3 core units, of which the learner will complete 2. These are:

  • Explore photographic equipment, techniques, materials and resources
  • Develop and adapt photographic ideas
  • Introduction to the photo imaging industry

Learners must also choose at least one unit from the following optional units:

  • Studio photography
  • Location photography
  • Commercial photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Experimental and alternative process photography
  • Presenting a portfolio of photographic images

How the Course is Delivered

This course is delivered via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which provides access to case studies, learning materials and activities, presentations and web links. Online tutor support and guidance is provided throughout the course, where learners can interact with the tutors, get feedback on their progress and submit their work electronically. This helps you to build the relevant skills progressively, as you receive feedback and support from your tutor during this time.

Face to face interactions will be conducted through video sessions.


A mix of assessments will be used – portfolio of evidence, presentations.


After successful completion students will receive Level 2 Certificate in Photography awarded by NCFE

Opportunities for Progression

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Photography
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Photography
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Art and Design

Career Progression

The qualification supports progression into employment or self-employment, or progression within employment for the following job roles and workers:

  • Photo journalism
  • Marketing
  • Wedding photography
  • Interactive media design
  • Photographer
  • Studio photographer
  • Location photographer
  • Documentary photography.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above. This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners who wish to gain an understanding of photographic techniques and the photo imaging sector. There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, however learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification in a similar or related area.


Total course fee £260.00


4 months.
Student study commitment would be a minimum of 5-6 hours a week.

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