Photography (Art & Design) BTEC Subsidiary Diploma  

What will I learn?

This BTEC in Art & Design Photography (Level 3) includes 6 Units of work delivered over two years, three units per year. The first year is aimed at engaging learners with their practical surroundings, developing a basic understanding of the function of art and photography in society. The first year will result in a BTEC Level 3 Certificate (equivalent to one A-Level).

Year 2 will aim to expand learners’ knowledge of the basics embedded throughout their first year, and challenge them to apply these skills to a range of briefs derived from professional connections and personal goals. Year 2 will culminate in the full Subsidiary Diploma at Level 3 (equivalent to one A-Level).

Core Units

Year 1
Unit 1 Visual recording in Art & Design (Photography)
Unit 2 Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design (Photography)
Unit 35 Photography Darkroom Practice

Year 2
Unit 3 Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
Unit 4 Communication through art and design
Unit 30 Location Photography
Unit 25 Studio Photography

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4, including English at 4 and Art at C with a good summer task.
GCSE average points score above 3.2.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

The course has no formal examination, so units will be assessed by the completion of the appropriate coursework. Students will need to work to set deadlines, and be highly committed to work outside of taught lessons.

Additional Learning Opportunities

There will be opportunities to visit art galleries and other cultural events and you could enter your work into exhibitions. In Year 2 you can join the Creative Arts Academy to build your portfolio and work towards an extra qualification – AS Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Who is this course aimed at?

The BTEC in Art and Design Photography is aimed at people with a genuine interest in the practice of Photography as an Art form, including:

  • People who have an understanding of Art based subjects, and really enjoy the practical application
  • People interested in a career within creative Photography, following their JLC experience
  • People that have experienced BTEC qualifications in the past, and enjoy this way of learning

What next?

You could gain entry onto a BTEC Foundation Course in Art and Design, which leads on to degree courses in the visual arts and applied design subjects. If you achieve top marks you could move directly on to a visual arts degree course.




  • BTEC Level 3


  • Photography

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider