BTEC Level 3 Photography

This course in photography covers a wide range of specialist areas and disciplines, from traditional photographic processes to digital photography. The course allows learners to gain an understanding of both traditional and contemporary practice and will give students the opportunity to appreciate the work of other artists, photographers and designers. Working with your tutor, you may get the opportunity to publish your work online.

The 90 Credit qualification is a one year full-time course and is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. The natural progression on successful completion is into a second year of a full Extended Diploma; the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels. Some mature students however may choose to progress from the 90 Credit one year course directly into employment or alternative training.

Course Content

This course offers a broad knowledge and understanding of photography and related areas including communication through Art & Design and ICT skills using Photoshop. Photographic studio, location and darkroom principles and practice, using specialist analogue and digital cameras and equipment ranging from small to largfe format. There are visits to London galleries and museums.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4, including English or Mathematics or equivalent Level 2 Qualification. Portfolio of work. Successful interview and satisfactory reference.


For second year entry (Extended Diploma) onto the Photography pathway, successful completion of a 90 Credit Diploma in Photography and satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements:

High School Leaving Certificate at C grade or above or other related comparable qualifications. Portfolio of work, satisfactory reference. IELTS 5.0 or an equivalent English Language Certificate

Duration and Delivery

Two years full time


The Extended Diploma in Photography is an ideal route for students looking for places at universities and colleges and careers in photography. It provides a wide base of skills in all areas providing entry into other design areas. Alternatively, you could expect to be employed at junior level in a related job. You will have access to a range of career and further/higher education opportunities. Students progress onto specialist courses at Degree, Higher National Diploma, or Foundation Degree Level: you will be advised and supported in your UCAS applications with help on appropriate routes and portfolio preparation.

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This course will be delivered at the Creative Industries Centre


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