Photo Imaging (7512)

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016
City & Guilds has made the decision to not extend the Photo Imaging qualifications any further than their current end date of this year, 31 December 2016. They will remain open to certifications from 1-3 years depending on the level.

These hands-on photography qualifications are for anyone interested in learning new photo imaging skills. They let you explore areas ranging from proper equipment use, image capture, specialist photography and the printing, presentation and storage of photos. Plus specialist pathways such as photojournalism. Choose to take an Award or Certificate covering just 1 or 2 skills or prepare yourself for a job as a photographer or technician with a full Diploma.
There are options to suit amateur photographers, those looking for their first job in the industry and established photographers or photographic technicians with plenty of experience. You don't need any prior qualifications or training to take these qualifications.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

The Level 1 qualifications covers the basic skills and knowledge of photo imaging. It covers the image capture of buildings, landscapes, people and events. It also looks at image manipulation and dark room printing.

The Level 2 qualifications are designed for people who want to develop their skills and knowledge. It covers areas such as imaging equipment and materials, location photography and imaging management and storage.

The Level 3 qualifications are for those people who wish to progress in to employment or into education and training. Learners can choose to specialise in studio photography, portrait photography, location photography, media/design, image processing or scientific imaging.

For these qualifications you'll learn in a group environment with your training provider. You'll be assessed through 1 practical assignment for each unit.

Which Level is right for me?

Level 1
You're interested in learning basic photography skills and knowledge, perhaps in order to progress on to higher-level qualifications, to advance your skill as a hobbyist or to prepare for employment in the sector.

Level 2
You have some knowledge and skills in photography. You're interested in developing your skills further, perhaps to progress on to a higher-level qualification, to take your hobby to the next level or to prepare for employment in the sector.

Level 3
You have plenty of photography experience, either as a professional or a dedicated amateur. You want to take your skills to the next level, perhaps to advance in a photography career or to prepare for further training.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Achieving one of these photography qualifications can help you work in a number of roles in the sector, including photographer and photographic technician.

If you're interested in advancing your career through additional training, you may want to consider pursuing one of our other photography qualifications.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

For these photography qualifications, you'll need to provide your learners with a suitable learning environment and the resources they need to complete all aspects of the qualification.

To save tutors time in the preparation and delivery of these qualifications, City & Guilds has developed sample schemes of work that provide easy-to-follow suggested modes of study.

You'll assess learners using practical assignments. City & Guilds provides portfolio-based assignments for each unit.

You must provide access to sufficient professional quality equipment in the centre or workplace to ensure candidates have the opportunity to cover all of the practical activities. Examples of the equipment you'll need to provide access to include;Cameras (fully adjustable) - 35mm small-format reflex film and high-end digital (semi-professional reflex), Lenses (for each camera) - WA, Standard and Telephoto, Camera accessories - hand-held meters, hand flash, close up tubes and filters/lens hood, Lighting accessories - reflectors, diffusers, soft-boxes, snoots, backdrops, and silver and digital darkroom.

You can fast track approval for these qualifications if you offered the previous Level 1 (7511), Level 2 (7511), or Level 3 (7511).

To find all the resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Level 1

Level 1 is ideal if you're interested in learning basic photography skills and knowledge, perhaps in order to progress on to higher-level qualifications, to advance your skill as a hobbyist or to prepare for employment in the sector.

There are 12 qualifications at Level 1, making it easy to find one that meets your needs. There are seven short awards that each cover one specific aspect of photography. There are five Level 1 certificates in Specialist Photography that give you a broader set of skills in a particular kind of photo imaging.

For these seven Level 1 awards, you will take one to three units that cover the area you'll be certified in:

•Award in Photography
•Award in Photo Image Capture and Manipulation
•Award in Specialist Image Capture
•Award in Image Capture
•Award in Digital Image Manipulation
•Award in Darkroom Printing
•Award in Photo Image Presentation.
For the Award in Specialist Image Capture, you'll choose one unit that covers the particular kind of specialist photography you're interested in - landscape, building, close-up, people or events.

There are five Level 1 certificates in Specialist Photography, each covering a different area:

•landscape
•building
•close-up
•people
•events.
Each Level 1 certificate has two core units - one covering the basics of your chosen style of photography and one covering the presentation of photo images.

You also choose one optional unit from:

- Digital image manipulation
- Darkroom printing.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Achieving one of these photography qualifications can help you work in a number of roles in the sector, including photographer and photographic technician.

If you're interested in advancing your career through additional training, you may want to consider pursuing one of our other photography qualifications.

Level 1 Photo Imaging (7512-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 1 Award in Specialist Image Capture (Buildings)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6825/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Specialist Image Capture (Close-up)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6825/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Specialist Image Capture (Events)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6825/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Specialist Image Capture (Landscapes)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6825/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Specialist Image Capture (People)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6825/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Specialist Photography (Landscape)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6853/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Image Capture

  • Accreditation No: 500/6877/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Photo Image Capture & manipulation

  • Accreditation No: 500/6878/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 8 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 60 - 60 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Photography

  • Accreditation No: 500/6886/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 11 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 90 - 90 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Specialist Photography (Close-Up)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6927/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Specialist Photography (People)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6928/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Specialist Photography (Events)

  • Accreditation No: 500/6929/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Photo Image Presentation

  • Accreditation No: 500/6930/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Darkroom Printing

  • Accreditation No: 500/7345/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Award in Digital Image Manipulation

  • Accreditation No: 500/7346/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 4 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Specialist Photography (Buildings)

  • Accreditation No: 500/7360/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Level 2 is ideal if you have some knowledge and skills in photography. You're interested in developing your skills further, perhaps to progress on to a higher-level qualification, to take your hobby to the next level or to prepare for employment in the sector.

There are 14 qualifications at Level 2, making it easy to find one that meets your needs. There are five short awards that each cover one specific aspect of photography. There are seven longer certificates that give a broader introduction to the field. Or, if you're looking for full set of skills designed to help you find employment as a photographer, you may want to take one of the diplomas.

For these five Level 2 awards, you'll take one unit that covers the area you'll be certified in from a range, including:

  • Award in Photo Image Output
  • Award in Operational Photography.

For these seven Level 2 certificates, you will take two to four units that cover the area you'll be certified in:

  • Certificate in Photography and Photo Imaging
  • Certificate in Working in the Photo Imaging Industry
  • Certificate in Specialist Photography and Image Output
  • Certificate in Digital Image Manipulation
  • Certificate in Specialist Photography and Presentation
  • Certificate in Photo Image Capture
  • Certificate in Operational Photography.

There are two diplomas at Level 2:

  • Diploma in Photo Imaging
    • You will complete five core units and two optional units.

  • Diploma in Photography and Photo Imaging
    • This qualification has the same requirements as the Diploma in Photo Imaging above, but instead of the unit in Digital Image Manipulation, you'll take an additional five core units.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Achieving one of these photography qualifications can help you work in a number of roles in the sector, including photographer and photographic technician.

If you're interested in advancing your career through additional training, you may want to consider pursuing one of our other photography qualifications.

Level 2 Diplomas in Photo Imaging (7512-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 Diploma in Photography & Photo Imaging

  • Accreditation No: 500/7151/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 61 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 450 - 450 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Diploma in Photo Imaging

  • Accreditation No: 500/7151/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 61 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 450 - 450 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Operational Photography (7512-12)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 Award in Operational Photography

  • Accreditation No: 500/6948/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 40 - 40 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Certificate in Operational Photography (7512-22)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 Certificate in Operational Photography

  • Accreditation No: 500/6944/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 13 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 90 - 90 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Level 3 is ideal if you have plenty of photography experience, either as a professional or a dedicated amateur. You want to take your skills to the next level, perhaps to advance in a photography career or to prepare for further training.

There are 18 qualifications at Level 3, making it easy to find one that meets your needs. There are two short awards that each cover one specific aspect of photography. There are 14 longer certificates that give a broader introduction to the field. Or, if you're looking for a full set of skills designed to help you find employment as a photographer, you may want to take one of the two diplomas.

For these two Level 3 awards, you'll take one unit that covers the area you'll be certified in:

  • Award in Photo Image Capture
  • Award in Photo Image Output.

For the 14 Level 3 certificates you'll take 2-5 units that cover the area you'll be certified in. Certificates include:

  • Certificate in Photo Imaging
  • Certificate in Print and Photo Journalism
  • Certificate in Specialist Photography, Image Output and Presentation
  • Certificate in Business Skills for Photo Imaging Industry
  • Certificate in Photo Journalism
  • Certificate in Photo Image Capture and Output
  • Certificate in Principles of Crime Scene Investigation Photography.

There are two diplomas at Level 3:

  • Diploma in Photography and Photo Imaging
    • You take four core units and two optional units.

  • Diploma in Professional Photo Imaging
    • You will take 12 core units and one optional unit.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Achieving one of these photography qualifications can help you work in a number of roles in the sector, including photographer and photographic technician.

If you're interested in advancing your career through additional training, you may want to consider pursuing one of our other photography qualifications.

Level 3 Photo Imaging (7512-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 3 Diploma in Photography and Photo Imaging

  • Accreditation No: 500/6949/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 42 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 290 - 290 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Diploma in Professional Photo Imaging

  • Accreditation No: 500/6950/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 84 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 600 - 600 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Photo Imaging

  • Accreditation No: 500/6951/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 32 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 220 - 220 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Crime Scene Investigation Photography (7512-13)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Crime Scene Investigation Photography

  • Accreditation No: 500/6960/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 16 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 90 - 90 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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