The Digital Photography - Level 3 Course has been written to provide you the student with a sound understanding of how a camera works and the background to camera care.

The home study courses are for people who love to take pictures, but want to gain an understanding of the mechanics of photography. The good thing about the home study courses are that they are for all ages and all ability levels. It is a thorough "everything you need to know" course with lots of tips and information which other books, courses etc. won't tell you - secrets from the insider who has written the home study courses.

The home study courses are ideal for students who are looking for a new hobby, thinking of a new career in photography or even if you just want to understand how to take great photographs for your next family party! If you're brand new to photography or picking up a camera after years of not using one, this is the course for you.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award and a Distance Learning Diploma.

There are many different events where photographers are needed:

  • Parties and Celebrity events

  • School portraits

  • Weddings

  • News photography

  • Magazines

  • Television

  • Advertising agencies

  • Lifestyle portraiture

  • Relaxed, home-based daylight portraiture

Upon completion of the home study courses, students will be able to use your cameras successfully to capture what you see in an artistic form.

In particular, you will have learned:

  • Lighting

  • Composition

  • Exposure

  • Digital image editing

  • Technique and style advice for portraiture and people

PLEASE NOTE: You will require a good quality digital camera for completing this course.

The home study courses cover the following Units:

  • Unit One – Key Topics

This Unit includes the following topics: History of Photography; Equipment and accessories; Light; Exposure; and The Photographic process.

  • Unit Two – Extending Skills & Knowledge

This Unit includes the following topics: Composition, viewpoint and framing; Digital cameras; Data storage and transfer; Printing; Scanning; and Digital image editing & Photoshop.

  • Unit Three – Photography in Practice

This Unit includes the following topics: Specialist area – Portraiture; Specialist area – Landscape; Other specialist areas; Extending the single image; and Section summary.

  • Unit Four – Advanced Techniques

This Unit includes the following topics: Further Photoshop; Digital Restoration; Careers and opportunities; and Final Project Submission assignment.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. There are 12 assignments in the course (a mix of written and practical). There are also over 20 self-assignments which really add value to the course by allowing the student to build their knowledge about significant areas of photography in a fun and challenging way.

Please Note: Because of the practical nature of your assignments they need to be sent back to your course tutor by post.


NCFE On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Digital Photography certificate of achievement by NCFE.

The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by UKDLP which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

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