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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography & Digital Imaging at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

This vocational hands-on course is tailored for those who wish to pursue a career within the Creative Industry, specifically Photography or Digital Imagery. Focusing on technical and conceptual knowledge, the course enables learners to prepare a high quality and individual portfolio for entry onto higher education programmes or directly into industry / employment.

You will cover a range of units over a two year, full-time course. The course normally runs over three days within the college week. All students are expected to give significant time to their studies outside college. Real world work experience opportunities will be part of your programme as will independent study.

Entry requirements

Usually you’ll need four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study (including maths and/or English). Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels.

You will also be expected to bring relevant examples of your artwork to interview to help staff assess your suitability for art and design study. We will consider applications from students who have not taken an Arts GCSE if they have a strong portfolio.


This is a hands on, practical qualification and you will be assessed throughout the programme at key assessment points. This will involve research, project work, sketchbooks, practical work, design and drawing sheets, presentations and contextual studies notes and essays. All assessments will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Both first and second years of your main programme will include externally marked units.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Previous students have achieved places at leading universities, including Falmouth, Ravensbourne and Nottingham Trent to study Photography and Media related subjects. Future employment opportunities may include Photo-Journalist, Freelance Photographer, Picture Editor, Picture Researcher or Creative Digital Editor or alternate career paths.

Further information

Learner Enrichment is at the core of the two-year course, with various trips organised each year to visit galleries and exhibitions in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bradford. Residential trips abroad to destinations including Berlin or Barcelona are possible. Learners have the ability to earn 100% from stock photography site, visiting photographers also provide industry knowledge – from local music photographer Tony Woolliscroft to world renowned photographers Brian Griffin and Hans Peter van Velthoven.

Please contact Curriculum Leader Alex Williams on (01782) 254323 or email:


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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