The Department for Education (DfE) describe Tech level qualifications as follows:
Tech levels are rigorous advanced (Level 3) technical qualifications on a par with A Levels and recognised by employers. They are for students aged 16 plus who want to specialise in a specific industry or prepare for a particular job. They cover jobs and careers where employers recruit people at this level or where a level 3 qualification is needed before students can progress to a related higher education course. Tech levels give students an opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills to help them get an apprenticeship or job, for example in engineering, IT, accounting or professional cookery, or progress to a higher level qualification. In some cases, a tech level qualification is a ‘licence to practise’ or can exempt someone holding the qualification from a professional exam. Tech levels are recognised by trade or professional bodies or at least five employers. Alternatively, the qualification may be accepted by a national licensed professional registration scheme.
This Level 3 qualification is designed for students who want to further develop their photography knowledge and skills. It develops students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in areas such as camera techniques, image processing and manipulation, history of photography and styles of photography such as portrait, location and documentary.
The qualification aims to help students develop the skills and understanding required to work in the sector or to undertake further learning.
Students will develop generic, transferable skills valued by employers, such as, communication, planning and health and safety principles.
They will also research job opportunities or freelance options and assess their strengths in areas such as positive attitude, punctuality and self-motivation.
In addition, the requirement to complete optional units means that students are able to develop more specialist knowledge and skills in particular areas.
For those who wish to study at a higher level, the qualification will enable them to develop higher level learning skills such as independent working, research, self-reflection and collaborative learning.
The qualification has been endorsed by the Royal Photographic Society, and offers exemption for the Licentiateship of the RPS.
The qualification is graded Pass/Fail overall.
Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.
View the qualification specification:
The Level 3 Diploma in Photography had an operational end date of 31 July 2021. Therefore, we are no longer accepting learner registrations.