The College of West Anglia
Photography - Level 3


The course is aimed at those students who wish to pursue a career in professional Photography or who want to progress to higher education.

The course gives you the opportunity to explore Photography in a contemporary and progressive manner. You will learn to use the camera as a tool of documentation and expression supported by the technical aspects of camera techniques.

You will learn how to use black and white 35mm, medium and large format film, how to use a digital SLR, image manipulation with the software packages Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Related studies explore the issues of visual communication, history of art and design and computer applications.

Year One

Films and processing
Studio Photography
Concept Building
Digital Manipulation
Moving Image
Black and white printing
Practical assignments (mixed media)
Digital SLR

Additional areas covered are computer/design skills, historical studies and technical studies.

Year Two

A negotiated programme of study based upon individual needs/areas of interests

Throughout both years there is regular tutorial support from tutors with professional experience. You will be required to continue with projects independently and it is expected that there will be 10-12 hours independent study undertaken at home each week.


University of the Arts London (UAL) Diploma in Photography (Level 3)

This qualification is awarded by University of the Arts London (UAL), the only specialist creative arts awarding organisation in England.

This is a two-year programme and has two achievement points. You will work towards the Diploma qualification in the first year of the course and the Extended Diploma in the second year.

Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 (C) - 9 (A*) will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.

Find out more about the other components of our vocational study programmes, including iCWA and work experience here.


You will need:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or higher, including English, Maths and a creative-based subject
  • A portfolio of creative work for interview


  • A Merit grade in a relevant Level 2 Diploma
  • Either GCSE English or Maths at Grade 4 (C) or higher

Substantial Level 2 vocational qualifications in relevant subjects will be accepted as GCSE equivalent (with the exception of English and Maths).

You will be invited to an interview to help us ensure the course is right for you.


The work on the course is project/assignment based, and assessment is continuous throughout the course. Some units will be subject to external assessment.

The units in the first two terms are assessed at Pass grade only. The final unit is awarded a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. This unit is achieved through a personal proposal and exhibition and decides the overall grade for the qualification.


This course is available from 02/09/2019 at King's Lynn

This course is Full-Time


2 Years


Age 16-18
If you are under 19 on 31st August in the year you begin your programme, you will not have to pay a course fee; however, all full-time courses have a resource fee attached and there may also be additional fees for materials, kits and trips. For details of resource fees for your course, please use our fee calculator.

Age 19+
Fees for students aged 19+ vary according to programme, age and circumstances. For further details and to calculate the fees for your course, please use our fee calculator. There may also be additional fees for materials, kits and trips.