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Photography Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Certificate at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Photography has been designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree level study in art and design, or into employment. It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

The course will enable you to learn essential skills and techniques whilst building a portfolio. As part of this, you will respond to a variety of set specialist photographic projects. You will be set a range of challenging commercially-based assignment briefs which will allow you to develop as a photographer or lens-based artist whilst gaining working knowledge of necessary presentation skills required in industry. You will learn techniques which are essential to working within photography including layout design, producing work to be displayed on the internet, working for print and editorial, and sequencing images. You should expect to complete the course with a broad, creative and professionally presented photographic portfolio.

You will work with both digital and analogue technologies working film and digital formats in lesson, on location and in studio, to produce a varied and broad range of work for inclusion in a portfolio. 

This is an Extended Certificate, equivalent to one A level.

Course content

Year 1

Exploring Digital Photography

This unit will enable you to explore basic techniques, equipment and materials in order to produce the digital photographs you want. You will learn how to take digital photographs, and will understand how to use camera controls to produce final images in a variety of ways. You will also understand the use of framing, composition and lighting when taking digital photographs, and will understand how digital editing and manipulation techniques can be used to produce alternative photographic outcomes. You will develop ideas for your own photographic work inspired by an set theme.

Landscape Photography

You will build on the skills developed in the first unit. You will investigate a range of landscape photographers’ work. As a result, you will be able to generate ideas for at least ten your own landscape images in response to a brief for promotional material. You will also learn how to present these to a client for feedback.

Digital Image Creation

You will explore the work of a range of digital artists/photographers. You will be able to create and manipulate a range of digital images, and be able to generate and develop ideas for a final digitally-manipulated image, to be produced in response to a brief or project.

Year 2

Portrait Photography

This unit is designed to teach you to produce a range of personal photographic portrait photographs inspired by the work of professional photographers. You will be able to produce, and plan how to exhibit, a photographic portrait using original, personal and varied approaches to the discipline.

Art and Design in Context

You will explore key trends, movements and events in the context of a chosen photographic or lens-based specialism discipline and identify areas of personal interest in these areas. You will investigate artists and/or designers, and use the results to develop an idea for a personal piece of creative work. You will also be able to produce and review a final outcome, sample model or maquette.

Exhibiting and Presenting Artwork

You will gain a deeper understanding of existing art exhibitions. You will be required to plan, and prepare for, and stage an exhibition for a collection of artwork, including the production of promotional material, and the organisation of work to exhibit. You will be able to evaluate feedback obtained at the final exhibition.

Entry requirements

At least 5 Grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including  in GCSE English and in GCSE Art, DT, Media or Photography if taken. If not taken, you will need to bring a creative portfolio to interview.


At least a Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in a related area (6-credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a Distinction grade in a related area (6-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.


Future opportunities

Move on up to a direct entry Degree level course in Photography or following further study of the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or directly to employment within the Photographic industry.

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 18th and 19th October 5-9pm.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: PTOLY18
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