NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Photography

Level 3 Diploma in Photography meets the definition of a technical qualification as it provides the knowledge, understanding and skills in photography to progress to higher education or employment.

The qualification enables learners to develop advanced photography knowledge and skills and how to use tools and equipment competently and safely.

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has endorsed this qualification; the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Photography is a recognised exemption for the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). The RPS Distinctions are recognised as the most prestigious in the photographic world.

Aims of the Course

These are to:

  • Develop learners’ photography skills and use of techniques to an advanced level. This will be done through detailed research and investigation of a range of ideas, exploration and use of techniques to develop a visual portfolio
  • Stretch the learners creative and intellectual abilities, eg communication, innovation and critical evaluation
  • Allow learners to research options for employment in the industry
  • Provide the learner with the opportunity for personal development through response to design briefs, critical awareness of self and the ability to be reflective
  • Explore the creative effects of using camera controls and the visual effects produced by using different lenses
  • Provide the learner with a basis for progression onto further study


This qualification consists of 5 mandatory units and 4 optional units. Mandatory Units are:

  • Use camera techniques to creatively control visual outcomes
  • Print and present a portfolio of photographs
  • Plan and complete a photographic project
  • Safety in the workplace for photography
  • Awareness of employment in the creative media sector

Learners must also choose at least 4 units from the following optional units:

  • Studio photography
  • Location photography
  • Commercial photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Experimental and alternative process photography
  • Presenting a portfolio of photographic images
  • Image documentation and storage
  • The history of photography

How the Course is Delivered

This course is delivered via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which provides access to case studies, learning materials and activities, presentations and web links. Online tutor support and guidance is provided throughout the course, where learners can interact with the tutors, get feedback on their progress and submit their work electronically. This helps you to build the relevant skills progressively, as you receive feedback and support from your tutor during this time.

Face to face interactions will be conducted through video sessions.


A mix of assessments will be used – portfolio of evidence, presentations.


After successful completion students will achieve Level 3 Diploma in Photography awarded by NCFE.

Opportunities for Further Education Progression

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Foundation degree programmes
  • Degree programmes
  • Employment/self-employment in the sector

Career Progression

This qualification will enhance learners’ job opportunities and help them to apply their skills and talents in a job role. Potential career opportunities at this level could involve employment or self-employment, including:

  • Photographer
  • Advertising and editorial photographer
  • Press photographer or photojournalist
  • Fashion photographer
  • Scientific photographer
  • Corporate photographer
  • Forensic photographer
  • Medical photographer
  • Assistant photographer
  • Staff photographer

Entry Requirements

This qualification is designed for learners who want to further develop their photography knowledge and skills. Learners should have already achieved a Level 3 photography qualification, or equivalent, or have significant experience/understanding of the subject area. The qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and above.


Total course £490.00

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9 months.
Student study commitment would be a minimum of 5-6 hours a week.

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