Overview

This qualification is aimed at individuals wishing to develop an understanding of photographic processes and the photo imaging industry. The qualification allows learners to understand and develop skills enabling them to take and manipulate images using a range of equipment, techniques and image processing software.
Learners will learn the basics of safe working practices and have the opportunity to explore in detail the following areas of photography: dark room, studio, location, commercial, documentary and experimental and alternative processes.
Learners will also gain knowledge and understanding of the different roles and employment opportunities available within the photo imaging industry. They’ll gain a basic understanding of the legislation relevant to photographic practice, including copyright, intellectual property and photographers rights. This will help prepare learners for progression into employment or further learning.
The objective of this qualification is to support learners to progress into employment or self-employment within the industry, or onto further qualifications at Level 3 in creative subjects such as photography, art and design, craft, animation and moving image production.

This qualification consists of 3 core units.

  • Explore photographic equipment, techniques, materials and resources (F/506/0069)
  • Develop and adapt photographic ideas (T/506/0070)
  • Introduction to the photo imaging industry (A/506/0071)

Learners must also choose at least one unit from the following optional units:

  • Darkroom processing and printing
  • Studio photography
  • Location photography
  • Commercial photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Experimental and alternative process photography
  • Presenting a portfolio of photographic images

Who is this qualification designed for?

This qualification is suitable for learners aged pre-16 and above. This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners who wish to gain an understanding of photographic techniques and the photo imaging sector. These may be learners who wish to access this qualification with a view to progressing onto further qualifications, employment or self-employment, or to complement other qualifications within apprenticeship frameworks in the creative sector.
There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification.

What could this qualification lead to?

The qualification supports progression into employment or self- employment, or progression within employment for the following job roles and workers:

  • photo journalism
  • marketing
  • wedding photography
  • interactive media design
  • photographer
  • studio photographer
  • location photographer
  • documentary photography.

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 160

Guided learning hours (GLH): 120

Resource requirements

To assist in the delivery of this qualification, centres should provide learners with access to appropriate equipment for digital/film photography to meet the requirements of this specification

How the qualification is assessed

Assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification. The Level 2 Certificate in Photography is internally assessed.

Internal assessment

Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. On completion of each unit candidates must declare that the work produced is their own. The Assessor must countersign this. Examples of suitable evidence for the portfolio for each unit are provided in the Handbook.
The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include (in no particular order):

  • Assessor observation – completed observational checklists and related action plans
  • witness testimony
  • candidate’s proof of work
  • worksheets
  • assignments/projects/reports
  • record of professional discussion
  • record of oral and written questioning
  • candidate and peer reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Moderation

Moderation is the process by which we confirm that assessment decisions in centres are:
We do this through:
external moderation – which we carry out through our External Moderators who, by supporting you, will make sure that assessments meet nationally agreed standards and that your quality assurance systems continue to meet our centre approval criteria.

Who is this qualification for?

The LMA Level 3 Diploma in Photography meets the definition of a technical qualification as it provides the knowledge, understanding and skills in photography to progress to higher education or employment.
This qualification has been designed to encourage learners aged 16+ to develop their skills in:

  • using camera techniques
  • producing a portfolio of photographs
  • completing a photographic project
  • working safely
  • employability in the creative media sector.

What does this qualification cover?

The purpose of the qualification is described by its aims and objectives which are provided in the qualification specification.
The qualification aims to:

  • Develop learners’ photography skills and use of techniques to an advanced level. This will be done through detailed research and investigation of a range of ideas, exploration and use of techniques to develop a visual portfolio
  • Stretch the learners creative and intellectual abilities, eg communication, innovation and critical evaluation
  • Provide the learner with the opportunity for personal development through response to design briefs, critical awareness of self and the ability to be reflective
  • Provide the learner with a basis for progression onto further study.
The objectives of the qualification are to enable the learner to:
  • use tools and equipment competently and safely
  • develop advanced photography knowledge and skills
  • specialise in the areas of photography that interest learners most
  • research options for employment in the industry.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who achieve these qualifications could progress to:

  • foundation degree programmes
  • degree programmes
  • employment/self-employment in the sector.
The LMA Level 3 Diploma in Photography could allow progression into a range of careers including:
  • photographer
  • advertising and editorial photographer
  • press photographer or photo journalist
  • fashion photographer
  • scientific photographer
  • corporate photographer
  • forensic photographer
  • medical photographer
  • assistant photographer
  • staff photographer

Total Qualification Time (TQT)730

Guided Learning Hours (GLH)384


Achieving these qualifications
To be awarded the Level 3 Diploma in Photography, learners must achieve a minimum of 5 units from Group A, 2 units from Group B and 2 units from Group C.

Group A
Use camera techniques to creatively control visual outcomes
Print and present a portfolio of photographs
Plan and complete a photographic project
Safety in the workplace for photography
Awareness of employment in the creative media sector

Group B
Image processing, manipulation and storage
The history of photography
Image documentation and storage

Group C
Studio photography
Documentary photography
Location photography
Portrait photography
Experimental photographic imaging

Resource requirements

To assist in the delivery of this qualification, centres should provide learners with access to appropriate equipment for digital/film photography to meet the requirements of this specification

How the qualification is assessed

Assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in a qualification. The Level 3 Certificate in Photography is internally assessed.

Internal assessment

Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. On completion of each unit candidates must declare that the work produced is their own. The Assessor must countersign this. Examples of suitable evidence for the portfolio for each unit are provided in the Handbook.
The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include (in no particular order):

  • Assessor observation – completed observational checklists and related action plans
  • witness testimony
  • candidate’s proof of work
  • worksheets
  • assignments/projects/reports
  • record of professional discussion
  • record of oral and written questioning
  • candidate and peer reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Moderation

Moderation is the process by which we confirm that assessment decisions in centres are:
We do this through:
external moderation – which we carry out through our External Moderators who, by supporting you, will make sure that assessments meet nationally agreed standards and that your quality assurance systems continue to meet our centre approval criteria.