Digital Photography Extended/Diploma Level 3 (FPHO)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC106
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you see yourself in the studio, setting up lighting for product shoots or out in the field taking documentary style shots, this study programme will help you develop your artistic and technical skills to succeed in a career in photography.

You’ll gain knowledge of photographic styles, how to manage a client brief and editing using the latest Adobe suite all in preparation for working in the industry.

This course will suit you if you are creative and artistic but have a technical understanding. You’ll use the latest SLR cameras to explore your creativity building up a portfolio of work.


You’ll develop skills in creative and technical aspects; understanding the history of photography whilst developing a critical perspective. The course content includes skills development and reflection alongside research and implementation of production ideas in a wide range of media including print and interactive. You will work on a range of projects including photojournalism, portraits, product and fashion. You will have access to a high specification photographic studio within the College, but you will also have to travel to outside locations to fulfil your briefs.

As part of your course you will study the following units:

  • Theory and history of photography
  • Digital image capture, techniques and editing
  • Studio and location photography
  • Working with a professional client brief
  • Developing a photography portfolio

How will it be delivered?

Assessment is continuous throughout the year based on coursework with the qualification outcome being dependent on learners completing a final major project that is assessed as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including GCSE English and maths
  • A genuine enthusiasm for multimedia production and photography

Your next steps...

This course can form the foundations for future study and work in this industry. After successful completion of this course you could progress onto a Higher Education programme in the Creative Industries.