Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
14 September 20202 yearsEmily Venables

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


This is an advanced level course that runs over two years.  On completion, your final grade will attract UCAS points, for example Distinction* (D*D*D*) attracts 168, and is equivalent to 3 A levels. This qualification can allow you progress to Higher Education, or to an apprenticeship or into work.  Photography students are encouraged to undertake freelance work and the skills that you will learn will prepare you to do this.


You will be invited into college for an interview. The interview is a two way process and it will allow you to ask any questions that you may have regarding the course. You will be required to bring into college a portfolio of photography work that you feel relevant for the tutor to see. The portfolio could include:

  • Your GCSE/AS Level photography.
  • Work you have done in your own time.
  • If you cannot take these out of school, then take photos of some of the best pages.  We want to see how you think about and record your ideas.
  • You can use a camera or your phone to take the photos.
  • We know that you

The portfolio can be hard copies or digital copies on a USB. We suggest you have at least 10 images to show the tutor, they will ask you questions about your choice. 


For anyone wishing to realise their potential as a photographer, one of the most important requirements of this course is a lively enquiring mind and a passion for all types of photography.

The Level 3 Diploma in Photography introduces you to skills in:

  • Photographic studio techniques
  • Studio photography
  • Location techniques
  • Darkroom processes
  • Experimental imagery


Through a variety of workshop practices, project work and visual studies, you will develop your understanding of both digital and traditional (wet) photography, as well as skills in visual language and an understanding of the commercial aspects of the photographic industry.

You will develop skills essential to progression to university or employment as part of this programme, including;

  • Good communication
  • Effective leadership and management
  • Planning and research skills
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Self-management
  • Relevant work experience
  • Copyright and basic business acumen


Working within the mature, creative and exciting environment of the Art & Design department, with access to darkroom and photo studio facilities, as well as Adobe CC and Lightroom. Practical and theoretical work are integrated into set tasks throughout the course, with individual and independent work forming a large part of your studies, supported with workshop, lecture, demonstration and tutorials. There will be a major final project at the end of the second year.


Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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