Introduction to Freelance Photo Journalism - QLS Level 2 Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 90 Hours (Self-Study)
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Course Description

The Introduction to Freelance Photo Journalism - QLS Level 2 Course is designed for people who wish to gain or improve their skills in photo journalism and marketing their images and copy to a range of published media. The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to produce professional standard journalistic articles and to know how to market them.

Course Objectives:

The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to produce professional standard photo journalistic articles and to know how to market them.

During the course students will examine two key elements:

  • The practice of freelance journalism and the skills of gathering news
  • Combining photography and writing to produce reports and articles for publication

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 2 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Introduction to Freelance Photo Journalism - QLS Level 2 Course Includes the Following Units:
The following topics are covered: What is news?; The elements of news; News in the community; and Community newspapers.
The following topics are covered: What makes a good Freelance Journalist?; and The function of a Freelance Journalist.
The following topics are covered: The beat system; and Sources and tools.
The following topics are covered: Preparing mechanically for interviews; Developing note-taking skills; Picking the interview location; Conduct pre-interview research; Conduct the interview; and Conduct the post-interview.
The following topics are covered: Taking photographs for publication; Two visual considerations; Depth of field; Isolating a subject; Lenses and perspectives; Composition; The principles of composition; Action in still photographs; and Stopping action.
The following topics are covered: Who gathers cutline information?; How to record the information; What to record; Match up the information with the photograph; When to record the information; Sports photography hints; and Filing cutline information.
The following topics are covered: Introduction; The four-part cutline; and Equipment available.
Prerequisites

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 2 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Assessment

You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Course Endorsement

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 2 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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