The Introduction to Freelance Photo Journalism - 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.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

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.


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

The course is split into the following 2 Sections containing 7 Units:

Section 1: Introduction to Freelance Journalism

This gives you an overview of the basic skills needed to be a freelance journalist. This section of the course will cover the following topics:

  • Unit One –Introduction to Freelance Journalism

The following topics are covered: What is news?; The elements of news; News in the community; and Community newspapers.

  • Unit Two –What Makes a Good Freelance Journalist

The following topics are covered: What makes a good Freelance Journalist?; and The function of a Freelance Journalist.

  • Unit Three –Gathering the News

The following topics are covered: The beat system; and Sources and tools.

  • Unit Four –Interviewing

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.

Section 2: Introduction to Photo Journalism

This gives you again the basic skills to needed to combine photography and writing together into a good combined package of skills.

  • Unit Five –Understanding Photo Journalism

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.

  • Unit Six –Obtain the Record Cutline Information

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.

  • Unit Seven – Writing a Photographic Cutline

The following topics are covered: Introduction; The four-part cutline; and Equipment available.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Each unit is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards 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.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

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. ABC Awards & Certa Awards 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.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

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

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