Level 3 Diploma in Photography

Level 3 Diploma in Photography

Level 3 Diploma in Photography

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If you are a creative person and have a keen interest in photography and an interest in increasing your skills in this subject to professional standards, then the BTEC Diploma in Photography could be for you. You will gain practical experience in all aspects of photography using our professionally equipped photographic facility. This is a Study Programme course which, if successful, leads to the 90 credit qualification over one year and progression to the full 180 credit qualification over 2 years.

All photography teaching staff have experience of working in the photographic industry.

Course structure

  • Film based Black & White and Colour Photography
  • Traditional Darkroom Skills
  • Studio and Location Photography
  • Experimental Photographic Techniques
  • Digital and Image Manipulation Skills
  • Specialist Photographic Applications including documentary, editorial, fashion, fine art and advertising
  • Historical Development in Photography

In your second year of study, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of Photography.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a residential trip abroad and regular exhibition visits as part of your course.

After you complete the course, you could progress to:

Higher Education courses in a related area such as Photography, Digital Photography, Photojournalism.

This course is a Study programme which consists of

  • Vocational Qualification
  • Work Experience
  • Tutorial
  • Maths*
  • English*

* If you have not already achieved a GCSE pass at grade 4 (C in the old grading structure) or above in English and Maths you will study Maths and/ or English as an integral part of your college programme.


4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C in the old grading structure) or above including one in an art-based subject and English or maths.

Relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit Level with GCSE/Level 2 in English & maths. If you have a Pass grade you will complete an additional assessment to check course suitability.

You will showcase your portfolio of your work to show that you have some artistic interest and ability.

This course is free for 16-18yrs; for 19-23yrs, course is free if you have not achieved a full Level 2 qualification.

For all other students fees apply:
Course fee £8553; Exam Fee TBC

Course Summary

Length of study:
Duration: 1 or 2 years


Term dates

Study campus:

Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Career Assessment

Need help choosing the right career path? You’ll be given a series of activities related to a work environment. Your job is to slide the scale to the left or right depending on how much you like or dislike the given activity. You will receive recommendations based on your selections.

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