CTEC Level 3 Introductory Diploma in Art & Design - Photography


The CTEC Introductory Diploma in photography allows those students with an interest in the subject to apply their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm and specialise in this area. It will give students the skills to go to university or seek employment in the industry.


The Introductory Diploma course is the equivalent to one A level, to be studied by combining it with two other A levels or equivalents. This course can also be combined with the Art Introductory Diploma, if desired, to make a Diploma, worth 2 A Levels, or even with a Diploma in Art to create an Extended Diploma, worth 3 A Levels.

The course is based around one mandatory unit alongside additional specialist units which enable students to choose and study particular Photography subject areas in depth. These areas could cover digital photography, film-based photography, portrait photography, digital image creation and landscape photography. Critical and contextual studies of other photographers’ work are also used to develop students’ practical and theoretical understanding.

Students learn by completing assignments that are based on realistic photographic studio and workplace scenarios, challenges and briefs. They are encouraged to realise their creative potential by applying their ideas, techniques and training to these problem solving assignments using a variety of different practices.

This course boasts of having two fully equipped studios complete with an abundance of lighting equipment and cameras. We also have a brand new dark room for film-based production.


All work undertaken throughout the two year course counts towards the final grade, there is no examination element. Candidates can be awarded a Fail, Pass, Merit, Distinction for their work. All work is assessed internally, standardised internally and externally moderated. Assessment methods include portfolios, projects, presentations and essays. This is a two-year course equivalent to one A-Level.


Students can use the UCAS points to apply to Higher Education or choose to seek employment. Candidates are well prepared for applications to study photography related degrees at university or seek employment in the photographic industry.


The minimum entry requirements for level 3 applied study apply. A Level 2 BTEC/GCSE qualification in a creative subject would be an advantage.