Level 3

Art and Design (Photography) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
FREE* Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
FREE* Southend Campus


Completing this course will give you a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Photography). Students are expected to generate their own opportunities to explore their subject area with a high degree of independence and are encouraged to use their own time to seek work placements during holidays and weekends. 


Entry Requirements

  • A Level 2 qualification or GCSEs x 4 at grade 4/C -  one to be grade 4/C in ENGLISH OR MATHS dependent on vocational subject to be studied
  • You will be asked to provide evidence of your ability in the subject which could be in the form of a portfolio
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Study Programme

Students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths will be required to complete an English and/or Maths qualification via the Century platform. Students will engage with at least 3 hours a week study via the online platform.

The Century platform is an online software system that uses artificial intelligence to create a personalised, adaptive and differentiated set of learning.  Students will work on a set of skills that are unique to them, the system will produce results and feedback tailored to meet individual learning needs alongside tasks that are mapped against the GCSE curriculum and encourage stronger learning outcomes.

Course Structure

  • Photographic media, techniques and technology
  • Studio photography
  • Digital image capture and editing
  • Commercial photographic laboratory operations
  • Location photography
  • Experimental imagery in photography
  • Lens-based image making
  • Image manipulation using computer applications
  • Darkroom practice and darkroom applications
  • Maths and English

Assessment & Feedback

  • Your work will be assessed through a mixture of practical tasks and supporting written material
  • Your progress will be supported by regular, ongoing feedback throughout the course

Course Cost

School Leavers, full time: FREE

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment.

What Next...

  • Art and Design Level 4 Foundation Diploma
  • Higher education at university or college