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Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography (RQF)

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Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography (RQF)

Key Points

  • Learn how to take professional quality wildlife photographs
  • Produce a pet photography portfolio
  • Achieve a Level 3 Award qualification
  • Start and study at any time
  • 2 day practical training, photographing wildlife at a zoo

About your Course 

This Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography has been specifically designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be able to work in wildlife photography.

This two-unit qualification will introduce you to digital photography and how to capture compelling wildlife photos. The qualification will guide you through wildlife photographic techniques and how to make your shots the best they can be through the process of photo editing and postproduction.

The qualification explores the best techniques for capturing photos of different species and introduces the concept of storytelling in wildlife photography.  At the end of your studies, you will be able to produce a wildlife photography portfolio.

All the material is readily available once you enrol, so you’re able to start right away!

As part of your course, you will benefit from two days of practical training at Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park in Suffolk, giving you much-needed hands-on experience. During your training, you will have an opportunity to photograph a range of wildlife, from reptiles, mammals, and fish to birds, butterflies, and rare breeds.

To enhance and develop your skillset, you will be taught an array of techniques from an experienced wildlife photography expert in small groups. These skills include:

  • Composition
  • Colour balance
  • Camera settings
  • How to get confident in moving away from automatic settings

You will also learn how to work within different environmental perspectives, for example, from ground level, higher dimensions, the rule of thirds, and macro photography. All of the skills and techniques learned will enable you to creatively tell a story through your photography.

Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography (RQF) (jimmysfarmlogo.jpg)

Our experienced wildlife photography expert tutor will include training on composition, colour balance, the use of camera settings and how to develop confidence to come away from automatic settings. Our classes are run in small groups where students will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a different perspective in the environment. This practical training provides an excellent way to enable your individual and creative viewpoint to develop through photographic storytelling.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best.

The benefit of online learning means that you can plan your studies around your existing commitments. So, you’re able to progress with your learning in a way that works for you, without the stressful balancing act. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning.

What’s more, we have dedicated and experienced online tutors to support you throughout your course. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away.

Modules

Unit 1: Digital Animal Photography

On completing this first unit, students will be able to:

  • Know the components of a digital camera
  • Understand how the basic controls and parameters work
  • Be able to apply photographic techniques
  • Understand image composition
  • Understand camera usage in animal photography

Unit 2: Wildlife Photography, Postproduction and Ethics

On completing this second unit, students will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the best techniques for photographing different species
  • Know how to apply the best techniques for landscape and ecosystem photography
  • Understand the concept of storytelling in wildlife photography
  • Understand the basics of photo editing and postproduction
  • Be familiar with ethics when working with animals
  • Be able to produce a wildlife photography portfolio

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners must be aged 16 or over.

Minimum Age restriction

16

Average completion timeframe

You have 24 months to complete your course.

Assessment requirements

Learners must upload their photography portfolio in order to be assessed.

Placement or Practical required

This course includes a mandatory 2 day practical placement with Jimmy's Farm. Please note, minimum group sizes apply.

If placement or practical required, when?

Learners can complete the practical training at any point, once full payment for the course has been made and the group size is met. Minimum of 5 learners per group.

Certification Timeframe

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

To successfully gain the Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography, students must achieve 5 credits.

You will be assessed through internal assessments conducted online at the end of each unit and assessed by one of our qualified animal tutors.

When are you assessed?

As you’re in control of how you learn, you’re also in charge of when you hand in your assignments.

This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments.

SEG Awards

SEG Awards logo

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography, an Ofqual regulated qualification.

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

Capturing high-quality images has become extremely helpful in aiding wildlife conservation. Wildlife photography can highlight the beauty and fragility of the natural world without causing any harm to the animals or the environment. Wildlife photography can be of real use in environmental education and for scientific research purposes.

Completing the Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography will give you the knowledge and skills needed to move into employment or self-employment in wildlife photography and related areas. You may also choose to progress onto further qualifications in related subjects such as the Level 3 Award in Pet Photography.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wildlife photography is important because it captures the beauty and behaviour of wild animals, raising awareness about endangered species and inspiring conservation efforts. These captivating images bring the natural world to people who may never see it firsthand, fostering a connection with wildlife and motivating action to protect our planet's biodiversity.
Absolutely! A degree isn't essential for becoming a wildlife photographer in the UK. Strong photography skills, knowledge of animal behaviour, and a killer portfolio are what will impress clients and get you noticed. Consider workshops or online courses – like our online Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography - to hone your craft, and focus on building a unique body of work that showcases your talent.
Wildlife photographers can find work in a variety of places in the UK and overseas. They can be freelance, selling their photos to customers, magazines, conservation organisations, or stock photo agencies. They might also lead photo tours or workshops, or work directly with conservation groups to document wildlife and raise awareness.
Wildlife photographers in the UK typically earn between £18,000 and £30,000 per year. However, there's flexibility to boost your income by diversifying. You could sell your photos through multiple channels, lead photography tours, offer workshops, and build a strong online presence to potentially secure sponsorships or brand deals.
Absolutely! Our online Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography specifically targets the skills you need to refine. Unit 1 dives deep into digital camera mechanics and techniques, while Unit 2 tackles wildlife-specific approaches, from species photography to ethical considerations. You'll learn to edit and present your work, building a portfolio that showcases your improved skills.

Emma
Retrained as a foot health practitioner and set up a flourishing healthcare business while juggling work as a dental nurse and two children!

Gemma
Check out how this course has helped real-life learners – people just like you - to reach their goals and achieve success!

“I was just overwhelmed with happiness, and I was so proud of myself that I’d actually achieved something that others told me I never would, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’m excited for the future.”

Paul
Re-took his Maths GCSE at the age of 46 to boost his grade and prove the doubters wrong!

“I wasn’t happy with what I got at school many years ago and I felt this is what I should have got the first time around, so I was glad to get that monkey off my back.”

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  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 28th June
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 28th June

Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography (RQF)

Key Points

  • Learn how to take professional quality wildlife photographs
  • Produce a pet photography portfolio
  • Achieve a Level 3 Award qualification
  • Start and study at any time
  • 2 day practical training, photographing wildlife at a zoo

About your Course 

This Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography has been specifically designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be able to work in wildlife photography.

This two-unit qualification will introduce you to digital photography and how to capture compelling wildlife photos. The qualification will guide you through wildlife photographic techniques and how to make your shots the best they can be through the process of photo editing and postproduction.

The qualification explores the best techniques for capturing photos of different species and introduces the concept of storytelling in wildlife photography.  At the end of your studies, you will be able to produce a wildlife photography portfolio.

All the material is readily available once you enrol, so you’re able to start right away!

As part of your course, you will benefit from two days of practical training at Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park in Suffolk, giving you much-needed hands-on experience. During your training, you will have an opportunity to photograph a range of wildlife, from reptiles, mammals, and fish to birds, butterflies, and rare breeds.

To enhance and develop your skillset, you will be taught an array of techniques from an experienced wildlife photography expert in small groups. These skills include:

  • Composition
  • Colour balance
  • Camera settings
  • How to get confident in moving away from automatic settings

You will also learn how to work within different environmental perspectives, for example, from ground level, higher dimensions, the rule of thirds, and macro photography. All of the skills and techniques learned will enable you to creatively tell a story through your photography.

Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography (RQF) (jimmysfarmlogo.jpg)

Our experienced wildlife photography expert tutor will include training on composition, colour balance, the use of camera settings and how to develop confidence to come away from automatic settings. Our classes are run in small groups where students will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a different perspective in the environment. This practical training provides an excellent way to enable your individual and creative viewpoint to develop through photographic storytelling.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best.

The benefit of online learning means that you can plan your studies around your existing commitments. So, you’re able to progress with your learning in a way that works for you, without the stressful balancing act. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning.

What’s more, we have dedicated and experienced online tutors to support you throughout your course. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away.

Modules

Unit 1: Digital Animal Photography

On completing this first unit, students will be able to:

  • Know the components of a digital camera
  • Understand how the basic controls and parameters work
  • Be able to apply photographic techniques
  • Understand image composition
  • Understand camera usage in animal photography

Unit 2: Wildlife Photography, Postproduction and Ethics

On completing this second unit, students will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the best techniques for photographing different species
  • Know how to apply the best techniques for landscape and ecosystem photography
  • Understand the concept of storytelling in wildlife photography
  • Understand the basics of photo editing and postproduction
  • Be familiar with ethics when working with animals
  • Be able to produce a wildlife photography portfolio

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners must be aged 16 or over.

Minimum Age restriction

16

Average completion timeframe

You have 24 months to complete your course.

Assessment requirements

Learners must upload their photography portfolio in order to be assessed.

Placement or Practical required

This course includes a mandatory 2 day practical placement with Jimmy's Farm. Please note, minimum group sizes apply.

If placement or practical required, when?

Learners can complete the practical training at any point, once full payment for the course has been made and the group size is met. Minimum of 5 learners per group.

Certification Timeframe

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Excellent Marking

Assessment

To successfully gain the Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography, students must achieve 5 credits.

You will be assessed through internal assessments conducted online at the end of each unit and assessed by one of our qualified animal tutors.

When are you assessed?

As you’re in control of how you learn, you’re also in charge of when you hand in your assignments.

This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments.

Qualifications

SEG Awards

SEG Awards logo

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography, an Ofqual regulated qualification.

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

Capturing high-quality images has become extremely helpful in aiding wildlife conservation. Wildlife photography can highlight the beauty and fragility of the natural world without causing any harm to the animals or the environment. Wildlife photography can be of real use in environmental education and for scientific research purposes.

Completing the Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography will give you the knowledge and skills needed to move into employment or self-employment in wildlife photography and related areas. You may also choose to progress onto further qualifications in related subjects such as the Level 3 Award in Pet Photography.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wildlife photography is important because it captures the beauty and behaviour of wild animals, raising awareness about endangered species and inspiring conservation efforts. These captivating images bring the natural world to people who may never see it firsthand, fostering a connection with wildlife and motivating action to protect our planet's biodiversity.
Absolutely! A degree isn't essential for becoming a wildlife photographer in the UK. Strong photography skills, knowledge of animal behaviour, and a killer portfolio are what will impress clients and get you noticed. Consider workshops or online courses – like our online Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography - to hone your craft, and focus on building a unique body of work that showcases your talent.
Wildlife photographers can find work in a variety of places in the UK and overseas. They can be freelance, selling their photos to customers, magazines, conservation organisations, or stock photo agencies. They might also lead photo tours or workshops, or work directly with conservation groups to document wildlife and raise awareness.
Wildlife photographers in the UK typically earn between £18,000 and £30,000 per year. However, there's flexibility to boost your income by diversifying. You could sell your photos through multiple channels, lead photography tours, offer workshops, and build a strong online presence to potentially secure sponsorships or brand deals.
Absolutely! Our online Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography specifically targets the skills you need to refine. Unit 1 dives deep into digital camera mechanics and techniques, while Unit 2 tackles wildlife-specific approaches, from species photography to ethical considerations. You'll learn to edit and present your work, building a portfolio that showcases your improved skills.

Emma
Retrained as a foot health practitioner and set up a flourishing healthcare business while juggling work as a dental nurse and two children!

Gemma
Check out how this course has helped real-life learners – people just like you - to reach their goals and achieve success!

“I was just overwhelmed with happiness, and I was so proud of myself that I’d actually achieved something that others told me I never would, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’m excited for the future.”

Paul
Re-took his Maths GCSE at the age of 46 to boost his grade and prove the doubters wrong!

“I wasn’t happy with what I got at school many years ago and I felt this is what I should have got the first time around, so I was glad to get that monkey off my back.”

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