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Title: Photography

Pathway: Creative & Design

Available Study Options:
Full Time Print

Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

Are you ready to take your first steps towards an exciting career in the creative industries?  During our photography courses you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey.  You will develop visual language for portfolio use, in depth research skills, planning and professional photography production techniques. You will get the opportunity to  work in our specialist photographic studio, editing suites and animation suite.  You will learn critical thinking, analytical and reflective practice and developing a range of skills in technically and professionally that will provide you with an excellent foundation in the creative industry.

Our level 1 starter course is a broader approach to art, design and visual communication

Art & Design - Level 1 Full Time (1 Year) 

Level 2 Photography 

Level 3 Photography 

Some of the subjects you will cover are:

 Level 2 Units:

  • Introduction to Creative Media Methods and Skills
  • Introduction to Production Techniques in Creative Media

  • Understanding an Audience in Creative Media Production

  • Contextual Research for Creative Media Production

  • Exploring Audio Production and Technology

  • Exploring Video Production and Technology

  • Exploring Interactive Media Production and Technology

  • Personal Project and Presentation in Creative Media Production

Level 3 Units Year 1:

  • Introduction to visual language in art and design

  • Introduction to research skills in art and design

  • Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design

  • Introduction to materials, processes and techniques in art and design

  • Integrated approach to a 2D problem

  • Integrated approach to a 3D problem

  • Integrated approach to a time-based problem

  • Developing an art and design Project

Level 3 Units Year 2:

  • Characteristics and contexts in art and design

  • Preparation for progression in art and design

  • Engaging  an Audience in art and design

  • Project proposal and realisation in art and design

Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience in your industry and that you complete a work placement. We can support you with this and have a team dedicated to contacting employers. We invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks. We also have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes you may choose to progress to. 

How will I be assessed?

You are continually assessed to establish what you have learnt from each module and assignment.

To ensure you are ready for a demanding and successful career in the Creative Industries many of your assessments are in line with the industry standards and protocols. This means you may be asked to pitch your ideas, present information to communicate to an audience or work with an employer to create a solution and outcome for a project. With each project you will be asked to produce a portfolio of evidence which is also formally assessed by your tutors at different points through the year. Your feedback will be kept on our digital assessment platform at final assessment points but tutorials will discuss your progress and set you new and stretching targets.

Your, final grade is established through your final major project where you will use a selection of the skills and techniques you have learnt, practised and developed on the course. This project is examined by external moderators and is exhibited for your peers and tutors to assess.

If you are studying maths and English you will have a final examination to test your knowledge.

What will this lead to?

Higher Education at University or University Campus Oldham - FdA’s in Photography, Graphic Design and Creative Media

Design Apprenticeship


Art Director (advertising)



Web designer

App designer

Editorial designer



Logo designer






Retail (windows & display)

Wearable design (fashion)

Fashion marketing & branding

Photographer's assistant


Set designer


Processing Lab Technician

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.


If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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