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The Complete Photography Course (SEG Award – Level 2 Certificate)


This 30-week course gives you the opportunity to develop sound photography skills and earn an accredited Level 2 qualification from Skills Education Group.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

Autumn term 2024

Wednesday 9 October – 11 December 2024 (10 Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00)

Saturday 7 December 2024 (09.00-16.00)

Continuation in spring term 2025

Wednesday 5 February – 9 April 2025 (10 Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00)

Saturday 29 March 2025 (09.00-16.00)

Continuation in summer term 2025

Wednesday 16 April – 18 June 2025 (10 Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00)

Saturday 31 May 2025 (09.00-16.00)

Please note, it’s not possible to enrol on this course part-way through. You’ll need to attend from the start date in October.

You’ll be expected to complete projects, exercises, and research outside your sessions at AUB. You’ll be provided with more details about timelines and project submission deadlines at the start of the course.


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Intermediate or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

You should possess some photography knowledge or experience in order to benefit the most from this course. Ideally, you’ll have previously completed Digital Photography – Essential Techniques. You’ll need to be familiar with camera controls and functions.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.



You can choose to secure your place with a deposit of £400 and pay the remainder of your fees in two further instalments of £400 and £449. Simply, choose this option when booking your place online. The total balance of your course fee is payable by 1 October 2024. See our T&Cs (below) for further details.

Any additional costs

You'll need to provide your own camera and some accompanying equipment. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

You can expect further costs when printing your images or preparing for a personal project or shoot.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • A digital camera with access to full manual controls (including instruction manual); this should be a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera, Mirrorless camera, or a Bridge camera
  • Any accompanying camera equipment that you wish to use
  • USB or other memory drive; you'll need to upload and backup your photos between classes, so you'll need access to a computer
  • USB flash drive (8GB recommended)
  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes
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About this course

This 30-week Skills Education Group (SEG) Level 2 accredited qualification will enable you to develop an understanding of photographic processes, practices, and the photo-imaging industry. You’ll develop skills to take and manipulate images using a range of equipment, techniques, and image processing software.

Having a Level 2 qualification will prepare you for further learning, give you the skills to progress in your current job, or equip you with new skills needed to change your career path.

You'll be guided through the fundamentals of photography and explore creative techniques in photography to gain a greater understanding of how to ‘tell a story' through your photographs and find your photographic style. You'll take part in a variety of studio shoots including still life, portraiture and commercial, as well as a series of location shoot exercises in the wider Bournemouth area.

Through a series of talks, demonstrations, and practical projects the course will develop your awareness and understanding of the different roles and employment opportunities available within the photographic industry. It also includes an exploration of the legislation relevant to photographic practices, copyright, intellectual property, and photographers’ rights.

Post-production workshops will increase your knowledge of photographic processes and editing software. You'll understand how to professionally prepare and print images and build a selection of your images taken during the course to construct your professional portfolio.

  • Creative controls offered in modern DSLR cameras
  • Essential add-ons such as tripods, speedlights, lenses, filtration
  • Light, light quality and control
  • Metering and histograms
  • Lighting techniques (studio and location)
  • Post-production options and applications, image enhancement, professional web/print output options and optimum settings
  • Image-based visual communication
  • How to turn ideas into creative concepts
  • Considering themes and subject matter
  • Individual and group project-based assignments
  • Working to a project brief
  • Image critique and portfolio building
  • Presentation skills

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Be prepared and confident in taking the next step in your creative journey, including pursuing further academic studies
  • Possess improved artistic skills and have what it takes to be a successful photographer
  • Have a strong portfolio of work showcasing your skills developed throughout the course
  • Be able to demonstrate a wide range of photography techniques
  • Understand historical and cultural influences and styles
  • Be able to independently plan, source locations and resources
  • Be able to work from a brief and know what it’s like to run your own project, from concept to print
  • Possess an enhanced ability to visually communicate your ideas and develop your visual voice
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

Yes, if you complete this one-year programme and meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria set by Skills Education Group you’ll be awarded an accredited Level 2 Skills Education Group certificate.

You’ll take part in group discussions and share your work for feedback. As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback, so you know how you're getting on.

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