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Photography - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma qualifications (formerly National Award and National Certificate) are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical skills with academic theory and classroom study. The Subsidiary Diploma is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and is ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma. Others choose to start work in the industry.

Course content

On the Subsidiary Diploma students undertake a series of core units that cover the background principles of art and design; focusing on visual communication, generating artistic ideas, recording those concepts and exploring a range of creative materials and photographic techniques and processes. The core units are supplemented by a series of specialist photographic modules. These cover darkroom practice (processing negatives and producing black and white prints), studio techniques and location photography – often using the beautiful grounds within the College for inspiration.

Students who choose the two-year Diploma route can further their photographic knowledge with six additional modules (supplementing those covered in the Subsidiary Diploma).

As well as studying contextual influences in art and design there is a strong focus on developing a professional photographic design portfolio to impress prospective clients or future employers. Supplementary units cover the themes of studio photography, capturing and editing digital images as well as the use of experimental imagery in modern photography.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 3 qualification, students on the Subsidiary Diploma also have the opportunity to study towards the City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Employability and Personal Development – ideal for anyone looking to establish and promote their own business.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, and then Level 3 Diploma, will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography which contains an additional six units compared to the Diploma.

Career opportunities in photography are varied – from fashion, commercial, travel, sports and portraiture to education, catalogue work, photo journalism and advertising.

Further information

If you enjoy taking photographs and would like to develop your hobby into a career,
then Myerscough is the ideal place to achieve that goal. Our picturesque surroundings offer students the chance to develop their photographic skills and share their creative passion.

The popular Level 3 Diploma suite of courses is ideal for beginners and enthusiastic amateurs, covering both digital and traditional photography.

Our tremendous resources, along with our expert lecturers, provide the creativity, skills and knowledge to help you secure a job in this ever-growing market place.

In a recent survey undertaken by the British Photographic Council 73% of professional photographers believed that formal photography qualifications were “essential and valuable”. Successful photographers now need to be increasingly flexible in their approach as traditional routes into a photographic career evolve.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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