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UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Photography)

Bedford College Photography


Photography Advanced (Level 3)

This UAL Awarding Body program will introduce the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or employment. Based in a dedicated building equipped with the latest industry relevant resources and taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field.


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Course information

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades 9-4 OR similar qualification at Level 2.

What qualification will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

How will I be assessed?

This qualification is assessed through:

Year 1:

  •  one external assessment taken at the end of the course, which is set and marked by UAL Awarding Body

Year 2:

  •  one internally assessed project taken at the end of the second unit, which is marked by the centre and moderated by UAL Awarding Body

Throughout you will be given critical, holistic feedback supporting your progress.

Course content

Year 1: Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation in Art and Design.

Year 2: Unit 2: Specialist Practice in Art and Design.

The study programme includes a range of photographic techniques, using both digital and analogue equipment in a variety of different applications.  You will learn how to work in a photographic studio and on location using professional equipment and gain the skills and knowledge to progress to higher education or into industry.

Industry standard software, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge is used throughout the course and applied in a range of situations to develop a solid foundation of understanding.  You will work on a number of individual projects, creating photographs and using different presentation skills to present your work to an audience.  As well as technical skills such as lighting and composition you will learn to explore the creative side of photography alongside to develop your own creative style as a photographer. You will be encouraged to bring your own interests into the projects you create as well as exploring the work of other practitioners within the field.

In Bedford, the course offers a range of different opportunities to work with organizations within the area, photographing local events and live briefs including an ongoing project with Bedford Independent, Bedford Football Club and Bedford Borough Council.  You will have the opportunity to showcase your work throughout the year in a rolling gallery space and to present at the end of year show.



Next steps

Course progression:

Courses that students may progress on to include

  • HNC Photography
  • HND Photography
  • FAD at Bedford College
  • BA (Hons) at university
Career progression:

Careers that students may find jobs in include

  • Photography Assistant
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Events Photographer
  • Digital Editor
  • Product Photographer
  • Advertising art director
  • Film/video editor
  • Graphic designer
  • Magazine features editor
  • Medical illustrator
  • Press photographer
  • Television camera operator

Starting salary £17,000

Additional information

You will need:

  • Digital camera (desirable)
  • Hard-drive
  • SD card

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.
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Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

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Bedford College Photography Level 3
Art & Design


I love photography because I enjoy being able to capture a moment in time in one image – and make someone wonder what was happening at that moment. I was given my dad’s old camera when I was 11 and started photographing animals and landscapes. From then on I used to ask for a new camera every Christmas as my interest grew! 

My favourite part of the Photography study programme so far has been the portraiture work. We’ve been studying different face lighting and learning how to use the lighting equipment and coloured gels in the studio.  

I also enjoyed our trip down to London where we visited the Tate Modern and then practised some street photography along the South Bank; this taught me to be more careful with how I frame pictures and think more about the composition.  

People are a lot less judgemental at College compared to school and everyone has a shared interest, which helps. Our tutors are all very helpful and explain the work really nicely.  

I plan to continue studying Photography either at university or here at College on the Higher National Certificate (HNC) course. Once fully trained, I’d love a career as a freelancer – perhaps in portrait or travel photography.  

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


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