FAQs

FAQs

Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions, if you don't see an answer to your question or would like further clarification please don't hesitate to contact us and we would be delighted to give you all the information that you need.

  • Our Courses

    What accreditation do you have?

    The Photography Academy of Ireland is a BTEC approved centre. Our staff, tutors and courses have been thoroughly vetted and are continually monitored by Edexcel, who are owned by Pearson, the world's largest education company.

    In addition to this, we run BTEC accredited courses (BTEC Higher National Certificate and BTEC Higher National Diploma) which allow students to gain the practical skills needed to enter the workforce or to gain advanced entry to a university.

    We also have recognition from the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). View full details of our affiliations and accreditations.

    How were the courses designed?

    Our courses have been carefully designed to provide an up-to-date and practical educational experience to ensure that our students are primed to succeed in the professional world of photography. Our comprehensive course materials have been developed in collaboration with leading industry experts.

    Our BTEC Higher National Certificate and BTEC Higher National Diploma courses focus on the relevant skills required for employment within the profession or to gain advanced entry to a university degree.

    How can I access the course materials?

    Once you have registered on a course, you will receive login details to the student area of our website called the Online Learning Centre. This is where you will be able to access all your course materials which include: practical, instructional videos; written content on a variety of topics tailored to your subject area; and vocationally relevant assignments. All course materials are created by industry experts.

    What support will I receive during the course?

    When you register for a course, you will be assigned a personal tutor and be given login details to the student area of our website called the Online Learning Centre. Your personal tutor will guide you through the learning process and you can contact them directly by email or through the forum which can be accessed through the Online Learning Centre.

    If you have any issues or questions about the Online Learning Centre, your payments, your student card or upgrading your course, you can contact Student Services.

    Do you offer work placements?

    Yes. Graduates of the Photography Academy of Ireland Postgraduate Diploma, BTEC Higher National Certificate and BTEC Higher National Diploma are eligible for an optional work placement with a photography company. All placements are made in the Dublin area. Please note that you need to be eligible to work in Ireland.

    Are your courses accessible for the hard of hearing?

    Yes. All course training videos include subtitles and our tutors are dedicated to providing a seamless learning experience for all students. If you have any specific learning requirements, please contact Student Services at the earliest opportunity.

  • Course Requirements

    English is not my first language. Can I still enrol on the course?

    Yes, but there are certain requirements depending on the course you are looking to do.

    BTEC Higher National Certificate and BTEC Higher National Diploma courses
    If English is not your first language, or if you have not completed your last two years of schooling through English, you must pass an English language proficiency test to enrol on these courses.

    There are many options available and we have listed some below.


    IELTS5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5)
    TOEFL iBT70 (total score)
    PTE AcademicMinimum score of 51
    Cambridge CPE (pre-Jan 2015)Grade A, B, C, C1
    Cambridge CAE (pre-Jan 2015)Grade A, B, C, Level B2
    Cambridge CPE & CAE (post-Jan 2015)CEFR Level B2 or above Grade A, B, C, Level C1 or C2
    Cambridge ESOLCambridge English Scale score 162 or above
    TEEP (University of Reading)5.5
    OIBECPass at Level B2 or above
    Trinity College ISEPass or above on the following ISE qualifications: ISE II, ISE III, or ISE IV

    All other courses
    If you do not meet the English language level requirements for the BTEC higher national courses, we do offer other course options. Please see the question below 'Which course is right for me?' or contact one of our course advisors who can talk you through the options.

    Do I have to attend any classes if I do the home study course?

    No. There is no requirement to attend any classes if you are doing a home study course.

    Do I have to attend all the classes if I do the part-time classroom course?

    No. There is no requirement to attend all classes if you are doing a part-time classroom course. However, we recommend that you attend as many classes as possible so that you can get the support you need to help you complete your course.

  • Choosing the Right Course

    What are the benefits of doing a home study course?

    Our home study courses offer you the flexibility to complete your assignments when it is convenient for you. This ensures you can work at your own pace but always with the support of your tutor.

    What are the benefits of doing a part-time classroom course?

    By choosing one of our part-time classroom courses, you have the benefit of attending weekly evening or bi-monthly Saturday classes taught by our expert tutors, while also being able to complete the assignments at your own pace. This approach ensures that you receive the optimum support and knowledge required, with the least amount of disruption to your personal schedule.

    Which course is right for me?

    To discuss the option that best suits your needs, please contact us and our experienced course advisors will help you choose the course which is right for you.

  • BTEC Accreditation

    What is BTEC?

    The British Education and Training Council (BTEC) has been the most successful applied learning brand for over 25 years. BTEC is administered by Edexcel who are owned by Pearson Education, the world's largest education brand.

    What are BTEC courses?

    BTEC courses are vocational courses which allow students to gain the practical skills needed to enter directly into the workforce. You can also use the credits awarded on our BTEC courses towards advanced entry into a university degree.

    Where can I study BTEC courses?

    BTEC courses are only offered by approved centres whose staff, tutors and courses have been thoroughly vetted and monitored by BTEC standards verifiers.

  • Assignments

    What will the assignments be like?

    Assignments are designed to be vocationally relevant to your area of study. In general, the skills you demonstrate in your first assignment will be built upon as you work through each assignment. This progression will ensure you can confidently use these skills when you start your new career. With the careful guidance of your tutor, you will be asked to submit a range of work which will include written assignments, practical work, presentations and more.

    How are the assignments submitted?

    Completed assignments are uploaded to our Online Learning Centre. You will get access to the Online Learning Centre once you register for your course.

    How are assignment results given?

    Constructive feedback on your assignment will be available from our secure Online Learning Centre within two weeks of submitting the assignment.

  • During Your Course

    Will I receive a student card?

    We provide student cards at no additional charge. Simply request a student card by contacting Student Services or through the Online Learning Centre, which you will be given access to once you register for your course. You will then receive your student card by post within two weeks. While you don't need a student card to attend class, we recommended requesting one as many retailers will offer discounts to student card holders.

    How long will I have access to the resources on the Online Learning Centre?

    Once you register for your course you will be given access to the Online Learning Centre where you will find all your course resources. Home study students have access to these resources for three years from the date of enrolment. Part-time classroom students have access to these resources for three years from the date of their first class.

    If you are doing the BTEC Higher National Diploma course you will have access to the Online Learning Centre for four years from the date you enrolled (home study student), or from the date of your first class (part-time classroom student).

  • After Your Course

    Is there a graduation?

    Yes. We hold an annual Graduation Ceremony where all students who have successfully completed a course during the year can receive their award.

    Can I use your logo on my business cards and website once I graduate?

    Yes. We would be delighted for you to use our logo to help you launch your new career. Simply contact us once you have successfully completed your course and we will provide you with the appropriate logo file for your needs.