Level 1 NCFE Award in Photography

Qualification NCFE Level 1 Award in Photography
Subject Area Media
Attendance on-site, part-time
Age Group(s) Adults

FREE subject to eligibility

The qualification is aimed at learners wishing to develop an understanding of basic photographic processes and will also allow learners to understand how to manipulate images. The qualification aims to support learners to progress either into employment or onto further qualifications

Course Content

This qualification is aimed at those individuals who wish to develop an understanding of basic photographic processes. The qualification will also allow learners to understand how to manipulate images.

This qualification will:
• focus on the study of photography
• offer breadth and depth of study
• provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills in photography


  • Unit 01 Use a camera to capture creative images
  • Unit 02 Digital image manipulation

Course Outcomes

The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • support learners to progress into employment in creative industries including photography, art and design, craft, animation and moving image production.
  • support learners to progress onto further qualifications at Level 2 in creative subjects including photography, art and design, craft, animation and moving image production.


Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design
  • Level 2 Certificate in Creative Craft (Art and Design)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Photography It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the Arts, Media and Publishing sector.

Entry Requirements

The course has no entry requirements but it is preferred that has an interest in photography and has a basic level of written English


The Level 1 Award in Photography is internally assessed and externally quality assured.

Each learner must create a portfolio of evidence generated from appropriate assessment tasks, which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment tasks should allow the learner to respond to a real life situation that they may face when in employment. On completion of each unit, learners must declare that the work produced is their own and the Assessor must countersign this. Examples of suitable evidence for the portfolio for each unit are provided in Section 2.

Internally assessed work should be completed by the learner in accordance with the qualification specification. A representative number of assessment hours should be timetabled into the scheme of work. Internal assessment hours must be administered outside of scheduled teaching and learning hours and should be supervised and assessed by the Tutor. Assessment activities can be integrated throughout, although separate from the teaching of the unit, and do not have to take place directly at the end of the unit. Any work submitted for internal assessment must be completed during scheduled assessment hours in accordance with the scheme of work, and must be authenticated and attributable to the learner.

The Tutor must be satisfied that the work produced is the learner’s own and the learner must declare that the work is their own. In practice, this means that all of the portfolio of evidence will be completed in normal class time within scheduled assessment hours and kept separate from any teaching and learning hours.




There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification.

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