Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who have an interest in Photography as an art form and wish to learn about materials, techniques and processes, dark room practice, location and studio photography.

There will be opportunities to visit art galleries and other cultural events and you may have the opportunity to enter your work into exhibitions.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Have an interest in Photography as an art form
  • Have an interest in a career within creative Photography
  • Prefer a vocational style of learning
  • Would like to progress onto the ABC Art Foundation Course at JLC

What will you learn?

You will experience industry standard equipment, such as studio lighting, Adobe Creative suite and digital SLR cameras. This course is unit based and will result in you understanding a range of approaches to professional practice in Photography. Units include:

  • Darkroom Practice
  • Photography in Context
  • Digital developments in Photography

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisational skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Decision making
  • Team work
  • Digital design packages: Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Promotional and business skills

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Freelance Photographer
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Digital Advertising
  • Picture Editor
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Medical Photographer
  • Press Photographer
  • Digital Image Technician

BTEC Level Three

Course Leader:
Nathan Daniel

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 4 in English with an interest in the subject.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework.


The course allows a lot of creative freedom, so it is just enjoyable to do what you want whilst still learning and expanding a skill set.

Niamh Hanley, St Bedes Catholic Voluntary Academy , Gainsborough Academy