FdA Photography (UCAS code 09V4)

Course Overview:

This Foundation degree aims to help you develop the creative, critical and personal skills needed in the highly competitive and rapidly changing world of professional Creative Practice. The course and study methods allow you to engage with the contemporary issues and the modern practices which are transforming the production and consumption of photography. This qualification runs alongside the FdAs in Media and Graphic Design, offering you opportunities for cross-disciplinary debate and shared experiences. Input from local, regional and national practitioners is provided throughout the year.

Level 4 (year 1 for full-time students) develops visual culture, visual research, photography skills, journeys of imagination and independent learning.

Level 5 (year 2 for full-time students) begins the process of professional practices, studio practice, curation, major practice, research project planning and independent learning.

Most modules count for 15 academic credits although some, such as the Visual Research in the first year, are double weighted and count for 30 credits. Each credit equates to the total of 2 teaching, learning and assessment hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the foundation degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course is based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 4 and 5.

The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.

A copy of the rules and regulations governing this course are available here: CLICK HERE

Entry Requirements:

48 UCAS tariff points
Programme/Award: FdA Photography
UCAS code: 09V4
Entry requirements 2019-20:
  • Our offer is 48 UCAS tariff points from at least one GCE/A levels, or equivalent
  • UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers are accepted
  • UCAS tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • UCAS tariff points from BTEC level 3 Diplomas are accepted or substantial recent practical experience and a portfolio of work
  • International Baccalaureate:  full diploma, achieving at least 24 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: at least nine credits must be achieved at Distinction grades, with all remaining level 3 credits at Merit grades
  • Edexcel/BTEC National:  Merit/Pass
  • Appropriate language and numeracy skills. National Literacy and Numeracy tests at level 2 or 3 will be accepted in lieu of GCSE English and Maths.
  • Applications from current professional practitioners are welcomed.
Mature Applicants We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as at 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview and will be advised of the criteria in advance. To find out more, please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk.
International applicants If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements:
    A face-to-face interview may be required before an offer is made.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5. For further information please visit our Credit Transfer www.ycuc.ac.uk page. 
Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. 


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within four weeks of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Note: You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all Year 1 modules as a prerequisite, before progression to Year 2 modules.

Two years (Full-time), four years (Part-time)

Mode of Study:

Full-time & Part-time

The Learning Resource Centre staff provide:

  • A comprehensive research and information literacy package
  • Support with accessing both online and physical resources for the course modules
  • Advice with finding resources for individual research projects and dissertations
  • Comprehensive reading lists specific to the course
  • Support and guidance with referencing
Our Disability Advice and Support Service helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice of ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Module Information:

This module map provides a list of modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

The modules available on the course are as follows:
Year 1 for full-time students (Level 4)
To complete your programme you must pass the following compulsory modules:
Module Code / Module Title Credits Semester
PH4001: Visual Culture 1(Photography) 15 SEM 1
PH4002: Visual Culture 2(Photography) 15 SEM 2
PH4003: Visual Research (Photography) 30 SEM 1
PH4004: Photography Skills 30 SEM 1&2
PH4005: Journeys of Imagination (Photography) 30 SEM 2
Year 2 for full-time students (level 5)
To complete your programme you must pass the following compulsory modules:
Module Code / Module Title Credits Semester
PH5001: Professional Practice (Photography) 30 SEM 1
PH5002: Studio Practice 1(Photography) 30 SEM 1
PH5003: Studio Practice 2 (Photography) 30 SEM 2
PH5004: Curation 15 SEM 2
PH5005: Major Practice & Research Project Planning (Photography) 15 SEM 2
Course Fee (2019/20):

Tuition Fees – Information relating to fees is here

Awarding Body:

University of Gloucestershire

How do I apply:

To study full-time, please apply through UCAS (Institute name: YEOV, Institute code: Y25, Course code for FdA Photography: 09V4). For the part-time route, please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk