Photography Pearson Level 3 Certificate

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

Our BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Photography is designed to give you the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding you need to progress towards professional practice or further academic study of Photography. You will gain an in depth experience of the techniques, disciplines and issues within the contemporary Photography field, and will use this to build a portfolio for application to higher level courses or your own professional practice.

Course Content

The course will be structured around a series of projects. Initially these will be focused on skills and techniques essential to photography, and are aimed at developing your confidence and experience of less familiar approaches. These elements include camera controls, studio lighting, digital imaging and editing and macro work. Following this, projects will become more thematic – such as reportage and location portraiture, and are aimed at ideas development.

You will be able to explore your own interests and preferred approaches within a structured context. The final project will give you the opportunity to work to your own brief and present work in an exhibition. The journal will be a very important part of this course and you will learn to use it as a tool to record and develop the journey through your work. You will be required do some written work.

Your course includes a stimulating balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, which builds throughout the course. Here are some of the activities you will be involved in:

• researching, planning and undertaking a photographic essay
• using photographic equipment in a range of situations to demonstrate competent and creative use of camera controls
• using artificial light and accessories on location
• making a visual statement in social and/or cultural situations
• editing and evaluating produced photographs

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

Ideally you will need to have completed a photographic course at Level 2. This course is a continuation that will guide you through more advanced photography techniques on location and in the studio.

Tutor Approval is required for this course.

You will need to attend an interview prior to being accepted onto the course, as well as taking an English & Maths screening test before the interview. This is to make sure you will be able to handle the written work and participate fully in lessons. The minimum requirement for this course is L2 English and maths or above.

First Class Requirements

Please bring to the first class camera and notebook.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is necessary

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed through projects and sketch book work. There are deadlines for assignments throughout the course which you will need to meet to continue and gain the qualification.

Further Study Options

HNC Photography

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

A tripod and flashgun will be very useful during the course.

Some basic materials such as cartridhge paper are available to buy from the college. Details will be given out at the first class and prices will be dependent on materials used and size of work. You will need to supply your own photographic paper etc.

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