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Photography - BTEC Diploma at Samuel Lister Academy

Course description

This course is offered by ‘Go Live’. Go-live is a programme of learning that allows students to study for a vocational qualification. Two days each week you will be out of school with a training provider and the remaining days will be in school working on other projects. The programme is for students aged 16-19.

Course content

Would you like to learn the techniques for successful photography? The BTEC Diploma in Photography is designed to give the learner a good practical understanding of photography and its applications in business and creativity. The course runs for two days a week and, on successful completion, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification.

You will be required to study five of the following seven units:

  • Experimental imagery
  • Location photography
  • Vocational contexts
  • Working to photography briefs
  • Photography techniques
  • Studio photography
  • Creative photography

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications. All students are required to attend an interview prior to being accepted onto the course and will need to carry out a basic skills assessment.

What we are looking for are enthusiastic students who genuinely want to improve themselves. Academic ability, although important to all courses, is secondary to commitment and a willingness to work hard. This is a course that values practical skills and the ability to work with others in school and at an external training provider.

If you are interested in this course, you must speak to your Head of Year in the first instance.


To support the practical side of the course you will be expected to complete a portfolio of written work. The course is assessed through regular observations and practical assessments and you will have access to a one-to-one review of your learning plans when you will be given written feedback. Equipment, facilities and materials will be provided, but students will be expected to equip themselves with pens and paper. Should students wish to purchase their own equipment, guidance will be given on what to buy and where to get it.

Future opportunities

The BTEC qualification is a nationally recognised qualification which is recognised by employers and, while it does not guarantee employment, it does show that you have successfully mastered practical and vocational aspects of photography. There are many types of employment to consider including working either as a Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, Medical Photographer, Photographer or Photographic Technician. Alternatively students can elect to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Lister Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year