Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2018/19) and are subject to change next year.
For students under 19
Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.
For students aged 19 or over
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.
Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.
The course is for you if you are:
- interested in a career in the creative media industries
- seeking a place in higher education
- keen to develop your practical and theoretical skills in Media Studies
- over 16
A BTEC L3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production is a practical, work-related course. The course introduces a range of creative media production skills, focusing primarily on moving image production. You will learn by completing projects that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This course is designed to help you develop the skills you need to start a career in the media production industries. You will work with industry standard equipment and software, including high definition camera kits and a 4K TV Studio facility.
The full Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels, which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education.
Your Study Programme will include the main course, a weekly tutorial, work experience placement/employability skills development and English and Maths as required (see below).
On completion of the first year of the course, you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Creative Media Production. Students who complete the second year will achieve the full BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production.
NB – It is recommended that students purchase a 1TB (or larger) portable hard drive prior to starting on the course. This will be used to store and transport footage shot for assignments throughout the duration of the course.
What will I study?
You will study a range of theoretical and specialist practical units.
Units studied over the full 2 year programme may include:
- Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
- Film & Video Editing Techniques
- Producing Print-based Media
- Single Camera Techniques
- Film Studies
- Television Studies
- Page Layout & Design
- Factual Programme Production Techniques for Television
- Interactive Media Authoring
- Music Video Production
- Stop Motion Animation
- Photography & photographic Practise
- Marketing & Public Relations
- Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
- Research Techniques
- Critical Approaches to Creative Media Products
4 GCSEs grade A - C/9 - 4, including English Language and a subject relevant to your chosen area of study. Students with full Level 2 vocational qualifications with an overall Merit/Distinction will be considered alongside 2 GCSEs grade A - C/9 - 4 including GCSE English Language and a good reference.
Students performance is graded via a combination of practical and academic coursework and controlled assessments.
Year 1 90 Credit Diploma learners are expected to progress to Year 2 of the course, to complete the full Extended Diploma.
Many learners choose to progress to Higher Education on completion of the course, while others enter employment in the creative and media industries.
The media industry is one of the largest employers in the UK, and is continuing to grow. On the course, you will be introduced to various aspects of media production, preparing you for employment in a variety of areas including; location and studio-based TV & Video Production, Production Management, Advertising & Marketing, Photography, Motion Graphics, Music Video and Print Production.
What other opportunities will I have? You will develop a show reel and portfolio of production work to help you gain employment in the future. You will also have opportunities to benefit from direct involvement in the media industry on trips and work experience through our in-house company, EIM Productions.
Learners who completed this course went on to university to study media production in both generalised and specific industrial areas. Furthermore, many students progress directly into employment in the media production industries.
GCSE Maths & English As part of their overall Study Programme, students will also be required to attend L1 Certificate/GCSE Maths classes if they have yet to achieve a GCSE Grade 4 in the subject.
To be accepted onto the course, applicants are required to have achieved a Grade 4 in English Language. NB - In certain circumstances (e.g. overseas applicants) applicant may be accepted without this if they demonstrate the necessary level of literacy in diagnostic testing completed during enrolment. In such cases, students will be required to study GCSE English as part of their Study Programme.
You will learn in dedicated classrooms using industry standard media production software. Additionally, you will be trained in a fully functioning, professionally equipped television studio and gallery.
The course is a full time programme of study. You will attend classes 3-4 days per week, and will also be expected to work on practical projects outside of scheduled class times. Classes will be scheduled at various times between 9am and 5pm.