Subject Area

Art, Design and Media




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / Photography National Extended Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who have a general interest in photography and wish to develop their skills and knowledge of the subject. The course is also ideal for those considering a possible career path in photography or progression to Higher Education.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which needs to be in an art and design subject. You can also join the course with a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Art and Design.

If you do not have an art and design based GCSE then you will need to present a portfolio of photography at the interview stage.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will develop a wide range of photography skills concerning both traditional and digital photography. This will involve:

  • Studio lighting
  • Location photography
  • Darkroom skills such as film processing and black and white printing Digital imaging using Photoshop
  • Photographic history

You will also record and research a variety of different types of photography techniques and photographic artists’ work.

How you will learn

You will be taught through a combination of practical lessons in the photography studio, digital imaging suite and darkrooms and theory lessons concerning how to create independent research of a variety of photographic artists and build your knowledge of the photographic industry. This course also involves visits to regional exhibitions and galleries.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you could go on to study a Foundation Degree Photography course at the college or a Degree in Photography elsewhere. You could also find employment in the photography industry or related fields.

What costs will you incur?

You will need to purchase some A3 coursework journals and a small amount of photographic materials, such as film and paper, however an allowance for some photographic materials is provided. Basic materials for independent studies and homework will also be needed.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.