NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Photography

This qualification will develop your photographic practice and also aims to support your progress either into employment or onto degree-level study.

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  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

This QCF qualification is designed for adult learners aged from 18 to 80+.

It is ideal for people who wish to further develop their understanding of modern, digital photographic processes and the photo-imaging industry. You’ll develop your photographic practice and the work you’ll complete on this course will support your progress either into employment or onto degree level study.

This qualification is endorsed by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

Please note: this course will include the following Saturdays (subject to change) 12/02/22, 12/03/22, 02/02/22, 07/05/22

This practical course will help you to understand and develop the advanced skills needed to creatively control and process images to a professional standard using a range of equipment, techniques and post processing. Current versions of Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom Classic (industry standard software) will be available to be used in class.

The course will enable learners to extend both advanced technical and creative skills in photography. Learners will research contemporary and historical photographers working in portraiture, location and documentary fields. There will be detailed practical learning focused on the following genre: portraiture, fashion, location, products, studio and documentary. You will also develop your understanding of the legislation relevant to photographic practice, including copyright, and photographers’ rights.

This delivery consists of 3 units, 2 mandatory core units:

  • Use camera techniques to creatively control visual outcomes
  • Print and present a portfolio of photographs

And one unit chosen from the following optional units:

  • Portrait photography
  • Studio photography
  • Location photography
  • Documentary photography

You will attend weekly sessions, working on several individual and group practical tasks. You will create a broad portfolio of work, some of which is submitted halfway through (for formative assessment) and again for your final assessment. There is no formal examination, but you will have homework to complete throughout the course (including two short research essays) and will use this along with your visual evidence to develop a paper-based portfolio of evidence to accompany your final images.

Studio-based teaching, lectures, visiting speakers, offsite and gallery visits, demonstrations, workshops, critiques, tutorials and independent learning through set assignment briefs and tasks.


Tutor – John Rae

John has over 40 years of experience in the photographic industry and in teaching. He has been delivering Photography qualifications for over 10 years. He has an MA in Photography (University of West London) and a PG Cert in Creative Direction (Central St Martins, London). He is an Adobe Certified Expert in both Photoshop and Lightroom and in addition to teaching part time has a successful photography business working primarily with fashion and product photography.

He has a wealth of knowledge and skills gained from many years of working with clients and creative teams and is dedicated to sharing this with a new generation of professional digital photographers.

This course is suited to those who have completed a Level 2 photography course (or similar) or can provide a portfolio of high standard photographs for review.

You will need an interchangeable lens camera, either mirrorless or DSLR, and access to other accessories (though some can be provided on loan).

Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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