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Sports Photography HNC (Level 4) - Full-time

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Course outline

This new course has been developed in consultation with local and national sports photographers and commissioners, and will involve extensive field work.

It is aimed at people with a real passion for photography and who enjoy catching the action.

Work experience is central to the curriculum, and you will have the opportunity to work with and get feedback from a range of professional practitioners. You will investigate the methods and techniques of professional photographers, and develop skills that will get you ahead of the game in a competitive freelance marketplace.

Modules may include:

  • Professional practice
  • Visual communication
  • Photographic techniques
  • Digital media
  • Visual language

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: SPH1

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Start: 27th September 2021

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C031529 / Q031530


Higher National Certificate in Photography


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

As part of the admissions process, you’ll be asked to provide an online portfolio.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.


Assessment is continuous, being a combination of individual and group presentations, compiling research portfolios and online journals. There are no examinations.


After successfully completing the HNC, you could progress to the HND in Sports Photography (to be offered from September 2021).

After this you could top-up to our BA (Hons) Digital Media Design, awarded by Nottingham Trent University or a similar course at another provider (subject to entry requirements) or enter into employment in the Creative Industries.

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