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Photography (Extended) Diploma Level 3 - 22/23

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Develop the necessary skills to kick-start your career in the creative industries with this attractive alternative to A Levels. You will deepen your knowledge of photography and visual communication through experimenting with camera controls, 35mm and medium format, digital, darkroom, studio lighting and composition. You will work on a range of real life projects and produce a focused portfolio of work ready for univeristy or employment.


What Does The Programme Include

Throughout this course you will develop and apply a broad range of transferable skills. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Initiative
  • ndependent inquiry
  • Creative thinking
  • Reflective learning
  • Team working
  • Self-management
  • Effective participation
  • Problem solving
  • Communication

You will have the opportunity to take part in weekly life drawing classes to develop your observational, figurative and mixed media skills. Every computer throughout the college has the latest Adobe Creative Suite software, allowing students to develop technical skills on industry standard technology as well as access to a range of traditional media including the Creative Arts department print room. Specialist lecturers on the Level 3 Creative Arts Diplomas offer regular workshops to widen your skills which in turn can be applied to your project work.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English and preferably maths, and an arts-based subject at grade 6/​B or above. 

Alternatively a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/​C or a pass for functional skills Level 2 English.

A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Assessment is completed through a portfolio of evidence which will be internally assessed. You can utilise your portfolio to take to University or job interviews to showcase your abilities.

Additional Information

You will need to purchase an equipment pack at the start of the year costing £60.

Potential Future Career

Former students have progressed to top universities such as Falmouth or London College of Communication. You could progress to Foundation Degree in Creative and Editorial Photography or Graphic Design at University Centre Stamford or other creative degrees at university.

Course Content

In Year 1 you will study a range of units including:

Unit 01: The Creative Process

In this unit, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the creative process as a creative tool used and adapted by professionals across a full spectrum of creative practices. 

Unit 02: Developing Creative Practice

This unit requires you to gain knowledge of a range of 2D, 3D and 4D creative practices and explore and use materials, methods, techniques and processes in a safe and professional manner. 

Unit 03: Responding to a set Brief

You will learn how to manage and fulfil the expectations of an exciting and industry relevant project brief.

Year 2 modules include:

Unit 04: Researching a Specialist Industry Practice

Unit 05: Specialist Technical skills Development

Unit 06: Specialist Creative Outcome




I now study under David Attenborough’s cameraman on Planet Earth on the Marine and Natural History Photography Degree at Falmouth University.

Ieuan Williams



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