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A BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production is a practical, work-related course. You 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.
In Year 1, you are enrolled on the Edexcel 90 Credit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels), requiring you to complete 4 ‘core’ units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units. In Year 2, to complete the full Extended Diploma, you will undertake a further 3 ‘core’ units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units.
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). 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.
What will I study? You will study a range of theoretical and specialist practical units. Units studied 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
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 C in the subject. To be accepted onto the course, applicants are required to have achieved a Grade C 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.
4 GCSEs grade A - C, 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 including GCSE English Language and a good reference.
Students performance is graded via a combination of practical and academic coursework and controlled assessments.
In Year 1, you are enrolled on the Edexcel 90 Credit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels), requiring you to complete 4 core units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units. In Year 2, to complete the full Extended Diploma, you will undertake a further 3 core units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units. The full Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels). NB Learners must complete the 90 Credit Diploma to progress to Year 2 study.
The media industry is one of the largest employers in the UK, and is continuing to grow. 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.
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.