Qualification: Level 2 diploma

Starts: September 2020

Duration: One year, full time

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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Taught in our specialist media suite, this course will enable you to gain a broad knowledge of the digital media industry, including TV and film, animation, video game development and publishing design.

Packed with practical applications, you’ll develop the skill and experience you need to embark on a career in the exciting world of creative media.

As part of your course, you’ll also get the chance to work with real clients and receive expert advice from Totton College alumni and professionals working in the industry.

Entry requirements

At least three GCSEs, at grade 3 or 2 (grade D or E), or a Merit or Distinction at BTEC Level 1, plus an interest in media and film, and making your own material.

What will I learn?

This course will develop students who want to work in the publishing, game development, media, television and film industries. You will:

  • Enhance your understanding of media practices 
  • Develop your skills with specialist software packages including InDesign, Photoshop and Premier Pro and many more
  • Learn about visual production through photography and film editing
  • Create your own portfolio of media work

Work experience

You’ll have the chance to do at least 60 hours of relevant work experience to support your studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help you secure work placements.


There are three core units:

  • Digital media sectors and audiences
  • Media industry in context
  • Planning and pitching a digital media product

There are also a range of specialist practical units, which may include:

  • Digital Moving Image Production
  • Digital Games Production
  • Digital Editing for Moving Image
  • Digital Photography for a Media Product
  • Animation for Digital Media
  • Digital Art for a Media Product
  • Graphic Design for Digital Media


You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework, practical tasks and multiple choice examinations.

Enrichment opportunities

There are a variety of enrichment opportunities on offer throughout the year.

Career and progression

You can progress onto our Level 3 Creative Media course, or specialise by studying Video Games Development Level 3. You can also gain work experience in a creative studio or progress to an apprenticeship.

Additional costs

Learners should have their own external hard drive to back up their footage, and purchase a camera SD card (£20 – £60).


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