The programme is suitable for students who wish to make an in-depth study of the medium of photography and related subjects and techniques. A diverse range of students are welcomed; students from differing age groups, life experience and educational backgrounds can share knowledge and experience within the tutorial system and during group activities. The programme allows for study to be organised around part-time employment, day release from work or personal responsibilities.
Applicants should hold a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from one of the following quali?cations:
- BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject at Grade MPP or above
- Two A-Levels at Grades CC or above, including a relevant subject
- BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Pass Grade or above
- An equivalent quali?cation in a relevant subject
Although not a mandatory requirement for entry to the programme, students’ aptitude for study at this level and their future employment prospects will bene?t from holding GCSEs in English and maths at Grade C or above (or an equivalent Level 2 quali?cation).
Mature applicants (those aged 21 years or over at the start of the course) who do not hold one of these quali?cations but who possess relevant experience or skills, and who can present a portfolio of work which demonstrates their creative potential, are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 2 years full-time
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
A materials fee is payable for each year of the programme to cover the cost of equipment maintenance and the supply of basic materials, including film stock, chemicals and printer ink. This fee is currently set at £65 per year. You will need to budget for the cost of photographic materials, presentation and framing. The scale of this cost will depend greatly on the nature of your work and how it is presented, since some production and mounting methods incur a greater cost than others. As a guide, the College estimates an average cost of £500 per year, although some students will spend more than this whilst others will spend substantially less. Trips to London galleries and events are an integral part of the programme and the College will organise one trip in each year of the programme. We advise you to budget approximately £50 for each of these trips to cover travel and admission costs.
Contact West Kent college for more information about accommodation and living costs.
For more information about funding, please see the West Kent College website.
Your work will be assessed continuously throughout the course. This occurs via critiquing sessions, presentations and a formal assessment at the end of each module. There are no timed examinations for this programme. Practical workshops, lectures and seminars are a key feature of higher level study and you will be expected to attend and participate in these activities. You will be given ongoing, regular feedback to assist your decision-making and to support the direction of your work. Regular attendance is essential so that a good design dialogue can be maintained as this forms the basis of the design process. This largely occurs through one-to-one meetings. You will keep a record of your research and development as these underpin the journey taken to arrive at the final outcomes.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
You gain a knowledge and understanding of the following:
You gain the following intellectual skills:
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
You gain the following transferable skills:
All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
You will be equipped with a solid foundation of the skills and understanding required for employment in the photographic industries. Students who achieve an overall Merit or Distinction classification will also be eligible for progression to the Colleges one-year BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Photography.
Following receipt of your application, the College will invite you to an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of your work, including some examples of written work (eg an essay or proposal from your previous studies). The interview and your portfolio will help the College assess your suitability for the programme. They will also consider your UCAS application form, including your personal statement and reference, and the entry requirements when making a decision.
Applications should be made through UCAS using the following codes:
Institution Code: K24
Course Code: 046W
Campus Code: W
If you are applying for courses based at Medway, you should add the campus code K in Section 3(d).