Photography Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma

29473W1 | School for the Arts - Wigan
Start Date | 05/09/2022
Time/Day | FULL TIME

Is this course for me?

The Photography programme is taught by expert tutors with a wealth of industry experience at the College's Centre of Excellence in Creative Arts at the Schools for the Arts in Wigan and at Leigh College. 90% of our Level 3 students continue with their creative studies at some of the country's top universities. You will have access to our dedicated production and studio-based classrooms. Our university standard facilities are used by all our students, who are taught by highly experienced tutors, offering a wide range of industry knowledge and links with employers. You will develop the skills and confidence to succeed in the creative sector, carrying out work experience on real live industry briefs. You will showcase your work in exhibitions and visit events and galleries.

What will I study?

This course will introduce you to the techniques of both traditional and digital photography. You will be working in our professionally equipped studio, on location, in our large darkroom and in our state of the art digital workshops. The course offers you the opportunity to explore photography for fashion, advertising and marketing, photo journalism, portraiture as well as fine art. The course content also includes visual studies, editorial and historical/contextual studies. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to explore your own avenues of interest and develop a portfolio of work, which will help you pursue your chosen career pathway.

How long is the course?

Full time for two academic years

How will I be assessed?

Work is project based and is assessed throughout the course. A range of methods are used including external projects. You are encouraged to evaluate your own progress using your own initiative and through tutorials.

What qualifications do I need?

A minimum of 5 GCSE subjects graded 9-4 or equivalent including maths or English and an art related subject.

What can I progress onto?

On completion of the Level 3 Photography programme you may secure a place on a university level course or employment within the industry. Alumni have gone on to achieve first class honours degrees and also establish their own businesses in commercial, nature and wedding photography. Experienced Photographers can expect to earn up to £50,000 a year.

Other Information

You will be taught by qualified lecturers who are also practising artists and designers. Opportunities for work experience, work related learning and guest speakers to underpin the professional creative elements of the course are part of your learning. If you are 16-18 years old, you may be eligible for our FREE bus pass. Find out more at

Course Fees

16-18 Year Olds 19+ year olds Free for eligible learners? Is Loan Available?
£8347.00 No Yes

Exam Fee


Photographers, Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators

Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels


FALL in employment in 5 years

What could you earn


Typical Tasks

  • Operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.
  • Manages health and safety issues.
  • Operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes.
  • Checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment.
  • Controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems.
  • Takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage.
  • Photographs subject or follows action by moving camera.
  • Operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect.
  • Inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary.
  • Arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones.
  • Selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues.


Computers and Electronics Telecommunications Customer and Personal Service Communications and Media Fine Arts Engineering and Technology English Language Mechanical Sales and Marketing Education and Training Production and Processing


Active Learning Monitoring Active Listening Reading Comprehension Critical Thinking Speaking Learning Strategies Writing
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