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

Course description

This established BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Photography level 3 course is the first year of a two year Extended Diploma. This course is ideal for complete beginners/anyone who are passionate about taking photographs using traditional and digital technology. If you are studying an art or photography GCSE, this is the natural progression to go into a full-time photography level 3 course and progress to university and/or work in the photography industry. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

You will look at landscape, portraits, still life, experimental, documentary, advertising, and abstract photography. You will cover traditional film processes and digital technology using a variety of camera formats. You will also experience the moving image (video); computer aided design (Photoshop); drawing and illustration; professional practice; and study the history of art. You are expected to keep a sketchbook and write reports/essays. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to enter competitions and will exhibit your work at local centres/galleries. It is important to mention that although you are on a photography course, you will be taught many different creative subjects alongside this specialism. This programme comprises 90 credits each year. The second year units on the course are: application, exploration, and realisation in art and design; personal and professional development in art and design; art and design specialist contextual investigation; management of art and design projects; studio photography; photography location techniques; specialist location photography; digital image manipulation; and computer applications. An external show is also part of the curriculum and students will investigate, plan, and deliver their own promotional external event.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English including an Art/Design related subject is required. GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C) or above is desirable. You will also require a portfolio which demonstrates your suitability for your chosen course. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


All units are assessed through practical assignments.You will receive formative assessments and feedback that will inform you of the grade you are working towards. We will set targets that inform you how to improve. There are no examinations or external assessments on this course.

Financial information

Material fee £50.00. You should expect to spend about £10 per week on materials for the course. There is equipment to loan out so owning a camera is not essential, however if you intend to pursue a career in photography you should consider buying the necessary equipment.

Future opportunities

The course equips learners to enter the creative industries at a junior level. There will also be an element of simulated work experience through live projects, photography industry guest speakers, competitions, and industrial assignments during year two of the course. You can continue to higher education or pre-degree foundation, HNC, HND, professional diploma, or degree programmes. Although a competitive industry, there are job opportunities in the photographic/art/design world, such as being a photographer's assistant or freelance photographer.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 28 September 2018
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