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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Cinematics & photography
Student score
69% MED
% employed or in further study
87% LOW
Average graduate salary
£14k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted

Scottish Highers
Not Available

In combination with Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma

In any subject

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

In any subject

International Baccalaureate

English and Mathematics accepted within

UCAS tariff points

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Join our course to develop your passion for photography. On BA (Hons) Photography you will make, use and analyse images, engaging directly with the world around you while exploring the medium’s endless potential. You will develop a clear understanding of photography in its wider cultural, historical and professional context. Our high profile teaching team, purpose-built environment and excellent facilities will enable you to evolve your own unique style and personal visual language. During the course, you will also have the opportunity to broaden your understanding of photographic practice in other cultures - our international opportunities include a residential field trip to Europe in year one and rich opportunities for studying abroad in countries like Germany, Romania, Sweden, Cyprus, Slovenia, France, Slovakia, Norway, New Zealand and the USA in year two. Experiment - a key feature of our course is the space to experiment. During the three years there is a great deal of focus on the way you develop your photography, both in practice, and in ideas. Document - a growing aspect of the course, in response to contemporary practice, is the importance of the photographic document. This includes opportunities to develop as a contemporary documentary practitioner. Collaborate - a valuable skill for any creative practitioner, collaboration is sewn throughout our course including short studio projects, group presentations, a collaborative practice module, and our unique Set Construction Project that allows you to work collaboratively and develop the skills to build, style and photograph your own studio sets. Think differently - an important aspect of our course is the development of you as a critically aware contemporary photographer. This means that you can move between ways of working that span the commercial and artistic worlds. The life of a contemporary practitioner is a varied and multi-faceted affair, and the skills taught on this course help you to navigate this exciting world. Plymouth - take advantage of our stunning location in the South West. This natural resource will inspire your creative practice with its rural and city landscapes, brooding moors and dramatic coastline. Explore - broaden your understanding of photographic practice in other cultures - our international opportunities include a residential field trip to Europe in year 1 and rich opportunities for studying abroad in countries like Germany, Romania, Sweden, Cyprus, Slovenia, France, Slovakia, Norway, New Zealand and the USA in year 2. Facilities - achieve your creative goals with our excellent facilities and resources, including a custom-built analogue and digital resource and an extensive Artist Book Collection. Be free to work when the inspiration takes you with our resources open from 8am to midnight, seven days a week and throughout the holidays. Visitors - deepen your understanding of the subject with our lively visiting speaker series, featuring well-known practitioners and former students talking about their work and career paths. Past speakers have included: Brett Rogers, Director of the Photographers Gallery; celebrated documentary photographer Ed Clark; image makers Anna Fox, Simon Roberts, Charlotte Dumas, Ori Gersht, Martin Parr, Mark Power, David Goldblatt, Laura Pannack and more. We also work with Specialist Professional Practice visitors who create clear links between the creative practice of the course, and professional outlets in the future. Unistats - 95 per cent students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 80 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting and 85 per cent of students were satisfied overall. 85 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing


In your first year you will experience a wide variety of approaches to photography, in contexts such as editorial, illustration, bookwork and exhibition practices. You will also get the opportunity to collaborate, both within the programme, and with other areas through Plymouth. The second year allows you to grow as a photographer, developing your image making whilst considering the context in which your work will sit. In the third year you will undertake a unique and ambitious individual programme of work, preparing you for your future career. The written dissertation will focus and consolidate your intellectual and imaginative research skills in a self initiated piece of writing. A programme of seminars, complemented by visits from graduates and professionals, will help you to consider, and realise your ambitions for life beyond university. Your third year practice will be developed into significant bodies of work that will help to introduce you to a diverse audience. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Plymouth University

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Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 67%
Student score 69% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
61% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
11% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
327 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
69% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £14k LOW
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.
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