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Level 3 Photojournalism

Unlike the other Photography course, Photojournalism features no exams and has a ‘photojournalistic’ start point in the first term involving trips to Woolwich, Soho, London's Brick Lane and even Brighton.

These sites allow students to engage with photographing in public and exploring context. During terms 2 & 3 you can then explore any form of photography from fine art, documentary, portraiture, graphics / studio based photography, film & video.

Following this course you can do a degree in photography or a combination degree with another subject.

In previous years students have gained places on reputable BA and Foundation courses on the strength of their qualifications and portfolio.

Course Content

Teacher led phase:

  • Ethical question regarding taking photographs
  • Street photography (currently Woolwich, Soho, London's Brick Lane and Brighton)
  • How to analyse imagery
  • Creative problem solving
  • Learning how to manage a project from beginning to end

Student led phase:

Anything based on your lens based interests. In the past there’s been documentary making, fine art photography, studio photography, landscape, portraiture, photographing the built environment (architecture), graphics based photography, animation… etc. The list is difficult to write as I haven’t met you yet but needless to say YOU are the author of your project and YOU choose your specialist pathway.


  • An introduction to Photoshop
  • Introduction to the darkroom
  • Compositional workshops
  • An introduction to the camera’s functions
  • Choosing your own pathway also dictates other practical skills eg. If you’re interested in documentary making you will inevitably learn how to edit


There are proposed exams for this new version of BTEC Extended Certificate during 2017-18.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 9-4, including an Art based subject at Grade 4 or above, or a portfolio of work that evidences your suitability.


Photography can lead to jobs in a number of industries (because of the transferable skill: creative problem solving) including:

  • Advertising
  • Graphics and commercial studio
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Animation
  • Illustration

Aspects of the media including:

  • Journalism
  • Magazine editing
  • Lighting directors
  • Broadcasting