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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

This 1 year course is the equivalent to 3 x AS levels and enables you to learn a strong grounding in a range of core and specialist aspects of photography. The programme typically runs for a minimum of 15 hours a week.

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
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Course Overview

This 1 Year, Full-Time course is open to students progressing from GCSE education, mature students wishing to  return to education and generally for those wishing to take their photography further. The delivery hours of the course will be at least 15 hours.

Modules may include:

 Unit 1 art and design in context

Optional units may include

Unit 12 planning researching and developing ideas for specialist A&D brief

Unit 16 Exhibiting and Presenting Artwork

Unit 22 Portrait Photography

Unit 23 Exploring Artists as Photographers

Unit 24 Digital Image Creation

Unit 25 Landscape Photography   


The course will cover the following skillsets:

Digital and Film Photography.

Location Photography

Experimental Imagery

Photographic Studio Techniques

Historical and Contemporary Contextual Research  

You will also exhibit your work as part of the course alongside other courses within the creative department. You will participate in an enterprise and entrepreneurship programme to help you explore and develop ideas for starting your own business.  

You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability.   

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include the following: BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (preferably Merit grade).

4 GCSE passes at grade C or equivalent, preferably including English, Maths, ICT and Art, media, moving image arts or Photography.

A portfolio of photography work is needed for your interview, which should demonstrate an awareness and enthusiasm for Photography. The interview process will involve an interview, a questionnaire and a summer assignment.

The outcomes of which, along with the required grades, will determine your successful entry to this programme.  Please note that if the course is oversubscribed additional criteria will be applied.


Where will it take me?
Successful completion of this course will lead directly onto further study on the 1 year Extended Diploma (top-up), which upon completion will be the equivalent to 3 A Levels.
Alternatively the course can also lead directly into a career
in social and press photography, advertising, fashion photography or self-employment.
Alternatively you may progress to further study at a higher level e.g. Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or Degree level in order to secure more senior positions. You may decide to start your own business in this area.

How will it make me more employable?
You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:
• Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence
• Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking)
• Gaining hands on experience through Industry Projects
• Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies.
This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
You will be assessed throughout the course on a range of practical assessments and written work, and will culminate in a final major project and end-of-the-year show.

Additional Costs
Students may be required to purchase materials to aid the completion of assignments for example; camera film (£4-5 each, darkroom printing paper (£40 per box of 100 sheets) digital printing (£2 A4 in house) , A3 workbook for practical work (£3-5).


Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.

Pass all units covered in order to gain the full qualification.

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