Qualification: Level 3 diploma

Course starts: September 2020

One year, full-time – 90 Credit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels)
Two years, full-time – Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels)

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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This course will take you on a creative journey covering every stage of the production process, from film and television analysis, to creating scripts and storyboards, filming and editing and sharing the final result. You’ll get the chance to produce music videos, documentaries, adverts, animation, short drama films and quiz shows, filming in our dedicated TV studio, and can even get involved in original radio drama. You’ll also examine existing companies within the industry and question how audiences can be affected by their output. You’ll create your own portfolio and work with real clients to produce a promotional video based on a brief.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs, including English, at grade 4 (grade C), or a Merit or Distinction in Media BTEC Level 2. GCSE Media Studies is not essential, but an interest in media and film production is.

What will I learn?

This course will develop up-and-coming filmmakers and students who want to work in the media, television and film industries. You will:

  • Enhance your understanding of advanced media production and techniques 
  • Develop your skills with specialist software packages for image, film and podcasting 
  • Learn about multi-media production, scriptwriting and pitching based on a client’s brief 
  • Create your own portfolio of media work 

Work experience

Students are required to do 60 hours work experience per year. The college will help you find these hours, which typically come from outside briefs, filming for a variety of clients (currently we work with NHS Southern Health and Brightside Personal Training).


You’ll study a variety of modules, including:

  • Pre-production
  • Working to a brief
  • Simple camera
  • Multi camera
  • Stopmotion animation
  • TV advertising

Other units will also be available. 


You will be assessed through a range of creative assessment methods.

Enrichment opportunities

These will be offered to learners throughout the time of the course.

Career and progression

After completion of the Extended Diploma, you can pursue higher levels of study at university. You can also explore a career in TV and film, radio, advertising, animation or marketing through either an entry-level position or 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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