Course Info

Level 3 Photography

Course content & format

This course is designed to offer a gateway into the photographic industry or further study; this two year course is structured around eighteen mandatory units, these units present an opportunity for the learner to explore traditional and contemporary photographic materials, techniques and processes. Investment in digital technologies has meant that the students will have access to vital state of the art digital equipment and training.

100% High Grades 2018.

100% Achievement 2018.

ALPS Value Added Outstanding 2018.

Digital Advantage winners 2018.

Exhibition of work at and relating to a brief set by Manchester Museum 2016, 2017 and 2018.

External ‘live’ briefs with Ashton-under-Lyne Railway Station 2018.

Your unique experience

Students are encouraged to develop their own unique style with emphasis placed on the development of the student’s appreciation of photography as a method of visual communication and expression. Housed in a purpose built space; the photography department consists of a professional standard traditional darkroom, studios and digital darkroom facilities.

Course lecturers are working professionals and are able to offer the student an insight into current industry practice. The course will culminate in an end of year exhibition; this gives the learner the opportunity to celebrate what they have achieved but also exhibit their work to a professional standard. Students often sell their work or gain commissions through this highly acclaimed event. Opportunities to take part in competitions and ‘live’ external briefs underpin the learners experience on this course.

Entry Qualifications

See Standard Entry Qualifications.

You are required to have 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or Maths.

Successful interview with a Photography tutor (bring a portfolio of your art and design work).

Good verbal and written communication skills.

Good drawing skills are a bonus.

How is this course assessed?

This course is made up of units of work that are set, delivered and assessed within the classroom and college environment. You will receive a project brief for each that introduces you to a scenario, question or problem to solve. This setting will take you on a journey that could require you to produce sketchbooks, digital portfolios, blogs, design sheets, 3D or 2D outcomes, artists/designer analysis, experiments, maquettes, presentations and many more. All of these requirements will be supported through specialist workshops, tutorials, advice and guidance, feedback and discussion. Staff in this area pride themselves on their ability to work with each individual learner to realise their creative potential.

What can I do next?


● Our learners have made excellent journeys following on from the successful completion of this course. Most students choose to go onto further study at University, others choose to go into employment or a higher level apprenticeship.

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Student Work:  Photography

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.