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Art and Design (Photography) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Brockenhurst College

Course description

The Vocational Level 3 Photography at Brockenhurst is available over one year, with further study after successful completion of year one to year two and the Extended Diploma.

  • The Diploma course is equal to one and a half A levels and a two year Extended Diploma equal to three A levels.
  • The course is usually over three or four days, giving time for students to complete practical work set.
  • We deliver a broad range of photographic skills, from studio work through to stop motion animation. 
  • All staff are current working photographers, with wide industry experience. We run trips including at least one overseas trip every year.
  • You will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in higher education and employment.


Course content

The two year course consists of eighteen units including

  • Computers in Art & Design
  • Location Photography
  • Studio Photography
  • Experimental images

There will be a mix of traditional silver based technology and digital imaging.  This extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

It is possible to take a one year Level 3 diploma which is equivalent to 2 A Levels.


Entry requirements

GCSE grades A* – C in at least four subjects including a C in English.


The course is continuous assessment through assignment based project work.

Students will have opportunities to re-submit work to improve grades across the first and second year of the course.

At the end of the first year students will be awarded Vocational Level 3 in Art & Design Photography.

Students must achieve this to enable progression to year two and the full Vocational level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design Photography.

Financial information

There is a standard studio fee charge of £25 that must be paid at the beginning of each academic year.

Students will be expected to provide their own learning materials such as film, sketchbooks, memory sticks, glue, pens, photographic paper etc. Students may be required to pay for study trips.

Future opportunities

The vast majority of media production contains photographic images either in print, web based, or apps'.  It has been said that "Media is the new manufacturing" this goes hand in hand with the move away from traditional manual skills to the development of a knowledge based economy.

Our students achieve to a very high standard on the vocational photography course, due to excellent teaching and teaching resources, our cameras (available for loan)  and our Apple Mac environment.  A BTEC Extended Diploma in Photography is an ideal route for students looking for places at university or employment.

Our students leaving to study at a higher level go to all manner of courses at university from primary teaching through to underwater photography, students usually are offered places they desire, as the BTEC Photography high achievement levels give them the opportunity to accrue a high number of UCAS points. Students who have completed the course now have careers as fashion photographers, newspaper, editorial and sport.

Further information

The National Diploma in Photography is an exciting and challenging practical production based course which encourages you to critically engage with and evaluate a broad range of photographic practices.  It is designed to provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in photography and related disciplines.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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