HNC/ HND Film & Photography (Part Time)

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.
Course end date:
31 Jul 2020
13:00 - 19:00

The Film & Photography programme has been designed to enable you to enhance your technical skills in both digital and traditional mediums, whilst developing communication skills essential to working in the Creative industries.

During the programme you will undertake projects using research, documentary and photo-journalistic skills. You will be required to explore project opportunities with external organisations and businesses, to enable you to realise commercial photography and film projects. You will study structural and theoretical aspects of the creative media industries to underpin practical work.

Our highly qualified and experienced teaching team, have a wealth of industry experience, expertise and industry contacts.  They will provide on-going support, and identify work experience and placement opportunities outside of the College, as they occur. In collaboration with Kendal Mountain Festival, this course can give you the opportunity to develop skills in wilderness documentary and adventure film and photography.

Award winning film makers, photographers, and directors have contributed to the creation of this new programme, which builds on the success of the ‘Adventure Film Academy Pro’, and the Kendal Mountain Film Academy.

The HNC (Level 4) can be completed in two years, and the full HND (Level 5) over four years. This course is awarded by Pearson and will take place at the Arts and Media Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal.

Kendal’s location between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and also just one hour from Manchester, make it the ideal place to learn these skills.  Surrounded by stunning natural scenery, location scouting has never been so easy!

There is an option to complete modules part-time rather than the full qualification. Modules are priced at 625 pounds per module.

Student Finance:
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please see and our college ‘Student Money’ pages: For more information contact Student Services.

You will learn about the different uses and functions of film and photographic cameras, and how to use lighting and sound equipment across a range of locations.  You will become familiar with industry standard post-production and editing software, and learn how to present material at a professional standard for a range of outputs. You will learn to apply these skills through the production of challenging course projects and live events with clients; and to conceive and produce creative concepts based on in-depth research, strong theoretical knowledge and professional production practices.  You will also learn about legal aspects of filming making including those relating to access, permissions, health and safety, and finance.

Assessment of your course work will be based on clearly defined criteria at each stage, through a number of core and specialist units appropriate to your chosen specialisation.

Your work will be assessed through observation and evaluation of practical outcomes, submitted research evidence, developmental notes, analysis of projects, and written evaluations of finished projects. Verbal and written feedback will be given formally after each assessment. To achieve the qualification, learners must complete all the units with final outcome achieved at Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

Career Opportunities

An HNC/D qualification can enable you to progress into the creative industries in a number of different ways; As a free-lance practitioner in film, photography, production or editing; or to an employed role with a production company.

There are also great benefits to having strong skills and knowledge in film and photography production within the design, graphics and advertising industries; many creative careers are also available within web-based companies where increasingly video and photography skills are highly valued.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points either through:

- Level 3 Extended Diploma (e.g. UAL or BTEC) (MPP)
- AS/A Levels (with an accompanying portfolio of creative work)

In addition, GCSE grade C or above in both Math and English or equivalent is required.

Applications from mature students are also welcomed who have the appropriate work experience and employer references. All applicants who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English must have an IELTS score of level 5.5 or above with a minimum of 5.0 for individual sections.

You will be asked to attend a formal 1:1 interview with a course tutor, who will assess your individual competence and skills in relation to film and photography.

You will also be asked for some written work so that your academic written level can be assessed.

How to Apply:
Contact Karen Shaw, Student Services Team Leader, for an application form: or by phone 01539 814748.

If you would like to contact the tutors to discuss the course in more detail, please email them at:
Dom Bush: - specialises in film
Dave.Willis: - specialises in photography

Student Finance:
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please see and our college ‘Student Money’ pages:

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Tuition fee loans are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start repayments until you are earning more than £21,000 per year.

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