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Photo imaging Apprenticeship Level 3 at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Whether you are an employer looking to take on a junior/ assistant or a person wishing to get into the Photography Industry, this apprenticeship framework would be an opportunity for you.

Whilst at work, you will gather evidence of your competence to gain modules of an NVQ and whilst at college/ work/ or independent study, you will gain units towards the knowledge element of the Apprenticeship framework.

For people wanting to learn the art of photography, it is an opportunity to earn while you learn.  And for employers it is an opportunity to take on a motivated additional member of their team who has more than just a pay cheque to gain from their job.

Course content

Competence within the apprenticeship will be assessed through the Level 3 Diploma in Photo Imaging Competence. This qualification is composed of the units below, developed by Skillset in collaboration with industry practitioners and awarding organisations. Assessment will take place in the work environment, or may be simulated where appropriate industry standard facilities exist.

Learners must gain a minimum of 47 credits to complete this element. The mandatory units account for 24 credits. Learners taking the Photography route must take the ‘Undertake the photographic assignment’ unit and gain 13 credits from the remaining optional units. Those taking the Non-Photography route must simply gain 23 credits from the optional units.

Unless indicated, units are at Level 3. Learners must ensure that at least 50% of their total credits for this element are at Level 3. 

 Knowledge Element

For this part of the apprenticeship, learners must choose one of the City & Guilds Photo Imaging Certificates. The decision over which qualification, and which options, should be a collaboration between the employer, apprentice, and training provider who will deliver them.

The following shows the units the learner can take in each of these qualifications. Note that these are summarised lists; for more details, click the links above to view these certificates on the National Database of Accredited Qualifications.

Knowledge Qualification Units

Photo image capture & presentation 

Presenting photo images; Photo image capture

Specialist photography & presentation

Presenting photo images

plus one from;

Photo image capture; Studio photography; Location photography

Specialist photography & image output 

Photo image output

plus one from;

Photo image capture; Studio photography; Location photography

Photo image capture & manipulation 

Photo image capture; Digital image manipulation

Principles of crime scene investigation photography

Prepare for crime scene and evidential; Impression photography; Evidential impression photography; Crime scene photography

Image management and storage

Photo image management; Photo image storage

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics. 

Transferable Skills

Transferable Skills in apprenticeships are made up of Personal Learning and ThinkingSkills (PLTS) and Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR). Both are mandatory elements in any apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

GCSEs grades A* to C in English and Maths (the standard requirement for entry level office grade positions) or equivalent, or Completion of a Level 2 NVQ in Photo Imaging, or Employer’s confidence in individual’s ability.


The work based part will be assessed using a portfolio of evidence and observation by the assessor.  The knowledge based part will be through project work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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